Karl Urban joins WRMA as Senior Research Manager

WRMA, Inc. welcomes Mr. Karl Urban as Senior Research Manager.   Mr. Urban’s primary area of focus will be leading the technical assistance efforts of the Adult Protective Services National Technical Assistance Resource Center (APS TARC). WRMA was recently rewarded  a four-year contract from the Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to operate the APS TARC.  Mr. Urban’s experience leading the Texas APS program, one of the leading programs in the country, will help ensure establishment of a high-quality Resource Center with the goal of improving the quality of APS services around the county.  “Mr. Urban will contribute planning, performance management and policy analysis to other projects, particularly in the areas of aging and long-term services and support. We are excited to have his expertise as WRMA moves forward into serving adult aging populations,” said Judy Sebastian, CEO of WRMA Inc.

Prior to joining WRMA, Mr. Urban had a 25-year career in Texas state government, culminating in serving as a Director and Assistant Commissioner in the Adult Protective Services program. Prior to APS, Mr. Urban worked on aging and disability issues, including serving as Manager of Policy Analysis and Support at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Deputy Director at the Texas Department on Aging, and as a member of multiple state councils including the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Mr. Urban’s experience has also included planning, policy analysis and evaluation, and consulting positions at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Office of the Governor. Mr. Urban has been presenter/trainer at numerous conferences and meetings including those of the U.S. Administration on Aging, American Society on Aging, Texas Conference on Aging, Texas APS Conference, among others, and has testified before Congress and the Texas Legislature on numerous occasions.

About WRMA, Inc. WRMA, Inc. is a woman-owned small business with more than 30 years of experience and expertise in research, evaluation, performance measurements and monitoring, and IT analytic services. Our clients include federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profit organizations (including foundations) and for-profit corporations. WRMA’s primary mission is to provide system-wide improvements in support of the delivery of health, development, and human service programs, particularly for at-risk and disenfranchised populations.

WRMA Awarded HRSA Task Order

On March 26, 2015 WRMA was awarded a new task order by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Evaluation Methods of Part C Fundsproject. With partner The Mission Analytics Group, WRMA’s technical expertise and experience in support of RWHAP positioned the company to secure this new partnership with HRSA.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Treatment advances have made it feasible to end new infections while treating HIV as a chronic disease. Given that nearly 1 in 7 individuals are unaware of their HIV infection, and of those aware, only 40% are retained in medical care and 30% are virally suppressed, there is still much work to be done. WRMA recognizes that the RWHAP plays an essential part in addressing these gaps to effectively respond to the HIV epidemic.

The purpose of this project is to address the lack of historical variation in Objective Review Committee scores and subsequent allocations while incorporating a model that addresses the methodological and policy issues noted above. Key goals of the project fall into five areas: (1) To link funding to current indicators of need;  (2) To ensure that the limited RHWAP Part C EIS funding is spent on delivering services in geographic areas and to those patients most in need; (3) To ensure that the costs of providing care per patient based on geographic and other healthcare financing issues are factored into the funding awarded to each RWHAP Part C EIS grantee; and (4) To provide incentives for grantees to focus on programmatic results along the HIV CARE Continuum.

Currently, WRMA and the Mission Analytics Group (WRMA-Mission Team) are collaborating on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s Part A Supplemental Funding-Feasibility Study of Proposed Framework for Allocation of Funds Responsive to Need for the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) of HRSA. In addition, the WRMA-Mission Team recently completed the study Understanding and Monitoring the Interrelationships between Funding Streams in Ryan White-Funded Clinics for HRSA. This study was done to understand how RWHAP grantees provide outpatient health care and essential support services to uninsured and underinsured clients as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes the healthcare funding landscape, as this may require changes in the RWHAP.

WRMA is pleased to continue supporting HRSA in efforts to ensure that vulnerable populations living with HIV have access to critical care and other support services to help ensure a high quality of life.

WRMA Awarded HHS 5-Year IDIQ

In March 2015, WRMA was awarded the Program Support Center (PSC) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The PSC IDIQ is effective beginning in March 2015 for 5 years, with 5 option years, concluding in 2025. WRMA has successfully held the PSC IDIQ previously and is excited to continue supporting the work of the Department and its operating divisions.

The PSC IDIQ is anticipated to have a ceiling of $500 million over its lifetime. The IDIQ will support the mission of HHS—promoting the health, welfare, and income security of the American people. The Department, its operating divisions, and agencies implement and advise on programs that support the well-being of all Americans.

A woman-owned small business, WRMA has worked closely with the Department across multiple operating divisions including the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Providing rigorous research and evaluation services for the well-being of vulnerable populations in the United States, WRMA’s 30 years of expertise supports programs that promote child welfare, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and the creation of customized data monitoring systems for at-risk populations. “WRMA is excited to continue partnering with HHS leadership as it seeks to promote the health and well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable communities,” said Judy Sebastian, CEO of WRMA. “We look forward to supporting, children, families, and communities across the country.”

WRMA Inc. Celebrates Child Maltreatment 2013 Report Release

WASHINGTON D.C., January 15, 2015: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families released Child Maltreatment 2013, which presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States. WRMA Inc. collected and analyzed the data through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS).

WRMA, Inc. has been the prime contractor for NCANDS since 1990. Each year, WRMA staff compile, validate, and analyze the data submitted by the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The 2013 report is the 24th edition of this annual report series.

Key analyses from Child Maltreatment 2013 present data for 5 years:

  • Referrals alleging child abuse increased from 3,141,000 (2009) to 3,504,000 (2013).
  • The number of children who received an investigation or alternative response also increased, from 3,043,000 (2009) to 3,188,000 (2013).
  • The number of child victims decreased from 702,000 (2009) to 679,000 (2013).
  • Child deaths due to maltreatment also decreased from 1,740 (2009) to 1,520 (2013).

These data show that even though both the number of referrals and the number of investigations and alternative responses increased, the number of children determined to be victims and the number of children who died due to abuse and neglect decreased.

The NCANDS data included in the Child Maltreatment reports are a critical source of information for many publications, reports, and activities of the federal government, child welfare personnel, researchers, and others. The NCANDS data also are used to help assess the performance of several federal programs including the Child and Family Services Reviews, the CAPTA Basic State Grant, and the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention program.

The Child Maltreatment 2013 report and prior editions going back to 1995 are available on the Children’s Bureau website at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research/child-maltreatment.