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Sacramento Black Community Mental Health & Criminal “Justice” Real Talk (Part 2) – Response/Answers/Resources

Sacramento Black Community Mental Health & Criminal “Justice” Real Talk (Part 2) – Response/Answers/Resources

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  • Via Zoom
  • November 18, 2021
  • Thursday, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Response/Answers/Resources

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Sacramento Black Community Mental Health & Criminal “Justice” Real Talk (Part 2) – Response/Answers/Resources

Via Zoom

Thursday, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
November 18, 2021

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Sacramento Black Community Mental Health & Criminal “Justice” Real Talk (Part 2) – Response/Answers/Resources

Via Zoom

Thursday, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
November 18, 2021

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Over the last several years, the Sacramento African American/Black (Black) community has repeatedly expressed its frustration and outrage with local encounters involving behavioral health (mental health or substance use disorders) and law enforcement. In several publicized cases, Black people with behavioral health issues died tragically. But there are many other experiences that have not been well-publicized that also cause waves of stress, trauma, and loss to Sacramento Black families and community. There are new relevant public initiatives* underway that have the potential to address this crisis that the Black community needs to know about and play an active role in. This event will be held online via Zoom.

This 2-part virtual event series will:

Session 1: Wednesday, 11/17/21, 2-5 pm (Pt 1)

Lift up voices from the Sacramento Black community on their experiences specifically involving behavioral health and the criminal “justice” system” (“The Call”). This session will include a panel presentation of Black community members with lived experience, breakout sessions, large group sharing, and questions & answers.

“The Call” Panelists:

  • Ryan McClinton, community activist & Public Health Advocate (Ryan will be the first and last panelist)
  • Donetta Jefferson, Ms. D., community member with personal lived experience as survivor of Sac Jail
  • Tamara Lacey, community member with personal lived experience with grandson with mental illness & incarceration
  • Stevante Clark, community activist
  • Keke Brown, ONTRACK Soul Space Empowerment Advocate (Case Manager)
  • Tifanei Ressl Moyer, JD, Decarcerate Sacramento co-founder

Session 2: Thursday, 11/18/21, 2-5 pm (Pt 2)

Highlight new Sacramento county and city behavioral health and criminal “justice” related initiatives (“The Response”). We want to be sure that the Black community is aware of these local initiatives* and the opportunities to have meaningful input and roles so that implementation is transparent, responsive, beneficial, equitable, and successful.

This session will include a panel presentation of officials from the City and County including the Mayor’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, Police Department, Public Defender’s Office, Behavioral Health Services, and community activists, breakout sessions, large group sharing, and questions & answers.

“The Response” Panelists:

  • Alondra Thompson, LCSW, Sac County Behavioral Health Services (BHS)
  • Geoff Twitchell, PhD, Forensic Behavioral Health Division Manager
  • Chief Deputy Jim Barnes, Sac County Sheriff Department
  • Chief Marlon Yarber, Sac County Probation
  • Chief Daniel Hahn, Sac City Police Department
  • Chief Deputy, Kathy Lester, Sac City Police Department
  • Kelly Rivas, Sac City Mayor’s Office
  • Tiffanie Synnott, Principal Criminal Attorney Sac County Public Defender’s Office
  • Ryan McClinton, PHA

Both sessions will be facilitated by Dr. La Tanya Takla, psychologist, EdD, LMFT, LPCC, to be culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and conducive to listening, healing, and right action, and will include breakout sessions, large group sharing, and questions & answers. Both sessions will begin and end with restorative practices, with the priority being that Black people are heard and their behavioral health needs are addressed, in a safe, supportive, and respectful way.**

We strongly encourage and request participants to attend both sessions.

This event is one of two annual events hosted by ONTRACK Program Resources, Inc. The next annual event will take place in 2022 (Date TBD). There will be monthly planning meetings to support the right action in between these two annual events.