Equity Forum Recording – Mental Health 20222022-02-22T22:40:28+00:00

UPO’s 4th Annual Equity Forum


UPO is committed to improving the lives of the District’s residents. One way is to bring together thought leaders to address major concerns.

Among the most important is inequity in Mental Health, a problem that has grown during the pandemic. Addressing this crisis is vital to achieving UPO’s vision: A city of thriving communities and self-sufficient residents.

We’re sharing this recording so you can discover more ways to help yourself and others. Please listen to our panel’s practical ideas to improve behavioral health.



Mental Health Resources

1. Find a state-licensed treatment facility near you. Millions of Americans have a substance use disorder. Help is available, treatment works and people recover every day.  Use search criteria that help find service according to the person’s need: CLICK HERE

2. National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) share database – resources or interventions for the black community : CLICK HERE

3. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center : CLICK HERE

4. The Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) has a wealth of information for the black community (CLICK HERE) and you’ll find more at the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) store: CLICK HERE

5. DC Department of Behavioral Health: CLICK HERE , or the Access Helpline: 1(888)7WE-HELP 

6. For mental health counseling, DC residents who earn up to 200% of the federal poverty level can make appointments with a licensed provider by reaching out to UPO’s CARES team. Tykys Williams will help you at (202) 231-7992 or UPOCARES@upo.org (or you can text UPOCARES to 41444).

Note: This program is in coordination with the DC Department of Behavioral Health. 

“It’s time we learn that asking for help is a form of STRENGTH.”

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