Policy Position Statements

Position statements are one means SCRA uses to communicate its perspective on pressing social issues and matters of public health and well-being. The goal of such statements is to provide clear, succinct summaries of scientific research and accumulated knowledge from practice accompanied by recommendations to policy makers and the general public.

Process for Generating Position Statements

Adopted Policy Position Statements

Statement on the Effects of Deportation and Forced Separation on Immigrants, their Families, and Communities

Deportation has numerous detrimental impacts on individuals who are deported, and on the families and communities they are forced to leave behind. This policy statement reviews the empirical literature to describe the effects of deportation on the individual, families, and the broader community, in order to inform policy and practice recommendations.

The Incarceration of Undocumented Families

This statement addresses the current policy in the United State of incarcerating undocumented families, including children and the negative effects of that policy. The statement was written by Jessica Chicco, Patricia Esparza, M. Brinton Lykes, Fabricio E. Balcazar and Kevin Ferreira

The Role of Recovery Residences in Promoting Long-term Addiction Recovery

This policy statement involves the role of recovery residences in promoting long-term addiction recovery. The statement was written by: Leonard A. Jason, Amy A. Mericle, Douglas L. Polcin, and William L. White.  This statement was also published in the American Journal of Community Psychology. The publication can be found here.

Position Statements Under Development

Work is currently proceeding on three position statements and/or advocacy campaigns:

  • Mass Incarceration - discussing issues caused by current US policies that result in the highest prison incarceration rates in the world, led by Brad Olson;

Anyone wanting to assist in any of these efforts are welcome to contact the led author.