2021 Virtual Roundtable Series: Community-Based Organizations Build Pathways to Behavioral Health Equity for Communities of Color
Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial disparities, community-based organizations (CBOs) have elevated their response to the behavioral health needs of racially/ethnically diverse communities. The 2021 National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) Virtual Roundtable three-part series presents the innovative and resilient work of CBOs in a time of healing and recovery.
Part 2 – Partnering to Strengthen the Behavioral Health Infrastructure and Capacity in Communities of Color
More than ever before, the behavioral health services provided by community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve racially/ethnically diverse communities are essential to support the recovery and healing of the people most impacted by COVID-19. Current funding approaches are challenging to navigate. Oftentimes, it is even more difficult for CBOs that don’t have the infrastructure to respond to these opportunities to sustain their work. Foundations and government agencies are recognizing the importance of funding with flexibility so that CBOs can effectively serve racially/ethnically diverse communities. Funders are establishing relationships with CBOs to drive effective solutions for these communities, while also looking inward to implement changes in their practices and policies. This includes inviting CBOs to provide input on application processes, simplifying the criteria and fields in requests for proposals (RFPs), and ensuring a faster turnaround time to get funds to CBOs. This NNED Virtual Roundtable explores new ways to tap into philanthropic and governmental funding to meet the behavioral health needs of racially/ethnically diverse communities. Behavioral health-focused CBOs will share how they are leveraging funding opportunities and their successful partnerships with funders — how they were created, cultivated, and grown before and during the pandemic.
- Understand how both funders and CBOs are responding to disparities in funding and behavioral health services within the current context of COVID-19.
- Learn about unique funding partnerships between government agencies/foundations with CBOs serving diverse racial/ethnic communities and underserved populations.
- Identify fiscal challenges and solutions related to behavioral health services faced by CBOs, including billing and reimbursements.
Population(s) of Focus: Underserved and Racially/Ethnically Diverse Community-Based Organizations
Access the Recording and Materials:
- Watch the recording of the NNED Virtual Roundtable Partnering to Strengthen the Behavioral Health Infrastructure and Capacity in Communities of Color
- View the slides from the NNED Virtual Roundtable (PDF)
- Learn more about the panelists and facilitators
- Check out the NNED Virtual Roundtable summary (pdf)
- Learn more about the ALAMO Addiction Recovery Center
- Learn more about Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota
- Learn more about The Cameron Foundation
- Learn more about the Indian Health Service (IHS)
- Learn about the many behavioral health-focused programs under IHS
- See COVID-19 webinars from the IHS
- View COVID-19 Resources for Native American Communities developed through a partnership between the Center for American Indian Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Learn more about Seattle Counseling Service
- Learn more about the 1135 Medicaid Waiver, which essentially entables behavioral providers to bill social determinants of health services as a billable Medicaid service.
- Find funding opportunities related to behavioral health
- Read the article California Endowment Doubles Commitment to AAPI Organizations
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Funders for LGBTQ Issues
2021 NNED Virtual Roundtable Series
- View the recording and resources from Part 1: Adapting to the Behavioral Health Needs of Underserved and Racially/Ethnically Diverse Youth
Contact Information for Panelists and Facilitators: