The goal of the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge's criminal justice team is to center racial equity in our local justice reform efforts. Through our technical assistance with a network of implementing and innovating local sites, we aim to collectively play a role in addressing racial and ethnic disparities and build our own capacity to be champions of racial equity.
As the Safety and Justice Challenge invests in local justice systems that advance racial equity and justice through the pursuit of anti-racist jail reduction policies and practices, this webinar will feature several jurisdictions that have made great strides in centering racial equity in their work.
The Safety and Justice Challenge Network fosters an inclusive and restorative definition of safety that prioritizes the dignity of all those involved, honors the expertise of directly impacted communities, and believes together, across sectors and communities, we can achieve transformational change so that all people have what they need to thrive.
Our panelists will show how their respective jurisdictions have engaged in this pursuit of transformational change from an intersectional perspective, to achieve equitable outcomes for all people, thereby prioritizing a focus on people of color.
This installment in the Equity in Action webinar series will provide an overview of how SAMHSA's SMVF Technical Assistance (TA) Center can help ensure equity in state programs by providing education to and increasing awareness among TA recipients around the following topics:
Engaging special populations (American Indian/Alaska Native Veterans, Behavioral Health Supports for Veterans in Rural Areas, Families and Caregivers of Veterans, Women Veterans, Aging Veterans, Black and Hispanic Veterans, and Veterans from LGBTQ Communities)
Applying a health equity lens to identify and address social determinants of health (SDOH), as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles when working with members of the SMVF population
Making use of the SAMHSA SMVF TA Center Special Populations webpage
This webinar will also offer a unique opportunity to discuss challenges and pose questions about the SDOH and DEI issues that may impact wellbeing among the SMVF population. Research suggests adverse SDOH are strong predictors of suicide risk.* In light of this, this installment in the webinar series will explore unique characteristics of special populations, ways to raise awareness to better serve these populations utilizing DEI principles, and innovative strategies to enhance state and local suicide prevention efforts by including a focus on equity to positively impact the SMVF community. Every member of the SMVF community is unique. At the SMVF TA Center the importance of addressing the diverse needs of SMVF is understood, valued, and reflected in the work. A special populations website demonstrating this effort, developed to assist and guide those who are engaged with different populations of the SMVF community, will be explored.
The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center has worked to address the barriers to equity in SOAR implementation with the development of resources, tools, and training. For this webinar, SOAR Leaders will discuss how these resources have been used to promote equity and reduce the impact of implicit basis in the implementation of SOAR work within their agencies. SOAR State Leads will discuss the integration of resources in their work and steps they have taken to ensure that diverse groups are equitably accessing services. Panelists will also share how community demographics (race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and justice involvement) impact access to SOAR programs and present strategies for recognizing and reaching individuals that are underserved. SAMHSA SOAR TA Center staff will share a brief summary of the equity-focused SOAR products and tools designed to support SOAR initiatives in their efforts to achieve equity and inclusion in program access and participation. Finally, staff of the SAMHSA-funded Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC) will share how equity is integrated into their resources and trainings for housing and health professionals.
*See the 2020 analysis of Electronic Healthcare Record data between 2015 and 2016 of nearly 300,000 inpatient or outpatient visits from the Veterans Integrated Service Network 4
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is sponsored by SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Disclaimer: The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is sending this Newsflash with support from SAMHSA, HHS. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of HHS or SAMHSA.