The global COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, including devastating effects on youth’s mental health outcomes. The public health crisis also coincides with horrific incidents of police brutality that have renewed momentum toward racial justice and healing in response to calls to action heard across the country. As such, The Children’s Partnership (TCP), in partnership with the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), is launching the Hope, Healing, and Health Collective.
Our aim is to expand the availability and accessibility of culturally-competent and gender-responsive mental health services and supports to youth of color, particularly Black girls, Indigenous youth, and Latina girls who are experiencing historic, crisis-level rates of mental health needs and suicide risk. Despite evidence of a demonstrated need, behavioral health services are underutilized among communities of color.
The reasons why youth of color do not engage in traditional mental health services at rates that are proportionate to the need within those communities are complex — including limited access, social stigma, misgivings about the efficacy of treatment, and distrust of providers. Additionally, a lack of mental health care coordination with the broader health care system and other service providers fails to effectively engage the youth being served.
TCP and NBWJI are excited to announce the 15 grantees who will be leading the H3 Collective! Awarded a total of $300,000, each of these organizations will assist TCP and NBWJI in developing a policy agenda that builds the capacity of the youth-serving systems of care to provide effective, compassionate, and culturally-responsive healing for young people from marginalized communities and identities. The grantees have experience and expertise in supporting the socioemotional well-being of youth of color through culturally-responsive youth services, including youth development, youth advocacy, peer support, restorative justice, and clinical mental health services.
TCP will provide support for the participation of one youth leader and a staff mentor from each of the 15 grassroots or direct-service organizations in a virtual community. TCP is currently scheduled to host activities of the Collective through December 31, 2021.
Email Angela Vazquez
Policy Director – Mental Health, The Children’s Partnership