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Black Mental Health & Criminal “Justice” Real Talk

SACRAMENTO BLACK COMMUNITY

MENTAL HEALTH & CRIMINAL “JUSTICE” REAL TALK

Wed., 11/17 2-5 pm – Black Community’s Voice Lifted up

Thurs., 11/18, 2-5 pm – Response/Answers/Resources

We strongly encourage and request participants to attend both sessions.

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

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.

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

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, the Sheriff’s Department, Behavioral Health Services, and community activists.

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.

*Some of the brand new initiatives that will be highlighted include the:

  • $9 million Innovation Project 5 Plan: Forensic Behavioral Health Multi-System Teams contract (designed to serve clients in the continuum of the criminal justice system),
  • $12 million Wellness Crisis Call Center and Response project (formerly Alternatives to 911)
  • $2.5 million Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Laura’s Law), and more.

**Individual therapy sessions with Dr. Takla will be available to members of the Sacramento Black community who may want or need additional support at no charge through the Trauma Informed Culturally Responsive Therapy (TICRT) program.

ONTRACK Program Resources (ONTRACK) has been contracted as a “Local Level Entity” (LLE) subcontractor with the California Black Health Network (CBHN) under the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network’s (CPEHN) Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) Diverse Stakeholder Engagement contract. In its role as an LLE, ONTRACK is contracted to coordinate two annual events to engage the Sacramento African American/Black (AA/Black) community and develop a post-event report. This event series is made possible through funds from the Mental Health Services Act, Proposition 63.

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