Via Positiva Convenes 1,000 Voices in Behavioral Health on Behalf of Cultural Healing, Cultural Responsiveness and to Address Behavioral Health Disparities

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“The Color of Change in Crisis: Systemic Cultural Healing and Cultural Responsiveness" Friday, June 19, 2020 1:00 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. EDT or 3:00 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. by Dr. Masica Jordan, LCPC, CPRS

At this deeply vulnerable, yet vastly promising, time in our nation’s history, our intention is to foster new growth and help clear a collaborative, affirming path to equality for everyone led by a competent and inclusive behavioral healthcare system.”

Via Positiva, a national behavioral health training and technical assistance practice, today announced an initiative to address behavioral health disparities within African American communities and to help ensure culturally responsive and honoring practices at all levels of the behavioral healthcare delivery system. The event, “1,000 Voices in Behavioral Health” will take place via webinar with the presentation of “The Color of Change in Crisis: Systemic Cultural healing and Cultural Responsiveness” by national expert Dr. Masica Jordan, LCPC, CPRS.

This date, Friday, June 19th, is a day known as Juneteenth and Freedom Day, when many memorialize the emancipation of slaves in America. Sadly, over 140 years later, the U.S. has been rocked by oppression, reactionary vandalism, and violence during this coming into the light of generational, systemic, and pandemic racism and the death of George Floyd. The need for culturally responsive mental health services has never been more urgent. By bringing together clinicians, administrators, peers, regulators and corporate and political leaders, the hope is to develop a national multi-cultural council to address dramatic behavioral health needs and disparities in communities of color and develop responsive and honoring cultural practices into policy, regulation, funding, praxis and presence, and to help shape the raw clay of this moment into lasting change long after the spotlight has moved on.

“At this deeply vulnerable, yet vastly promising, time in our nation’s history, our intention is to foster new growth and help clear a collaborative, affirming path to equality for everyone led by a competent and inclusive behavioral healthcare system.” said Jim Clarkson, a former national insurance executive and Chief Executive Officer of Via Positiva. “We thought bringing together one thousand voices in behavioral health was an ambitious goal, but we have already had to add an additional session of the presentation and conversation. It is very gratifying to see such a soulful, participatory attitude of action across the country to bring unity and make sure that behavioral health services are accessible, of high-quality, equitable, and culturally responsive. We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Masica Jordan, with her expert background and radiant, hopeful presence, lead this effort and provide our initial presentation.”

Due to the generosity and sponsorship of leading behavioral health organizations such as BayMark Health Services, iHope Network, Recovery People, Dr. Masica Jordan, LLC’s TEPP Peer Technology Project, and generous individual benefactors, there is no cost to attend this event. All sponsorships and donations go to the non-profit organization Jordan Peer Recovery to support their work and continue this initiative. For counselors and social workers one continuing education unit will be awarded. The presentations take place on Friday, June 19th from 1 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. EDT and 3 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. EDT. To register or learn more about sponsoring, please call 505-944-5284 or email Via Positiva Administrator Tommy Valdez at txtvaldez@prodigy.net.

About Via Positiva
Via Positiva is a practice of behavioral health executives and practitioners who dedicate ourselves to helping substance abuse, mental health and other human service providers navigate the healthcare landscape toward becoming fiscally strong, sustainable, integrated, and clinically and culturally excellent.
http://www.ViaTiva.com

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Jim Clarkson, CEO
505-944-5284
Jim.Clarkson@ViaTiva.com

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