Culturally Responsive Services for BIPOC Youth & Families and How to Implement Anti-Racist Practice in Treatment and Services

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Thursday, March 2

2:30-3:30 p.m. ET / 1:30-2:30 p.m. CT / 12:30-1:30 p.m. MT / 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT / 10:30-11:30 a.m. AKT / 9:30-10:30 a.m. HT (view your time zone)


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Youth and families who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have been continually underserved in mental health services and treatment settings due to the stigma and racism that exists within the mental health System of Care (SOC).

On Thursday, March 2, please join NTTAC for a free, hour-long webinar featuring Evelyn Clark, Change Consultant and Certified Peer Counselor, and Russia Collins, a licensed mental health counselor, qualified supervisor, and certified child protection professional. The featured speakers will explore incorporating anti-racist practices and culturally responsive services in the mental health system and other SOC settings.


Meet the Facilitators

Evelyn Clark is a Mexican-Native American woman passionate about racial equity, leadership development, and peer support. She has nearly 15 years of experience serving young people and their families who were system involved. Evelyn is a change consultant and racial equity trainer at Change Matrix, a women-owned, minority-owned virtual company serving systems all over the nation and territories. She splits her time between the National Training and technical assistance center for children, youth, and family mental health (NTTAC) and the Mental health technology transfer center (MHTTC). Evelyn is a Certified Peer Counselor and has dedicated her career to empowering young people and their families to get involved in system reform. She is a proud recipient of the 2019 Peer Alternatives youth and young adult leadership award. Her mission is to end racial and ethnic disparities within systems of care and to promote leadership opportunities for the BIPOC workforce.

Russia Collins is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor and Certified Child Protection Professional. Ms. Collins is the Chief Executive Officer of Collins Consulting LMHC, and serves on the Board of Directors as the current President for New Visions of the Well. Ms. Collins has an expertise in behavioral health and child welfare systems, with fifteen years' experience with children and families. Ms. Collins is currently employed as a Clinical and Training Director for the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Campus. In her previous role she served as the Community Coordinator for Early Childhood Court in the 6th Judicial Circuit, working to impact systems change. As a consultant and clinician, her areas of focus are community engagement, parent-child relationships, coparenating, and creating equitable programs within systems. Ms. Collins strongly believes in empowering families within their communities, by helping them to identify the strengths that they already possess to create the positive outcomes they desire. To date, Ms. Collins cites her biggest accomplishment as being the proud mother of her two boys, Christian and Carter.

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This announcement is supported by SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award over five years (2020-2025) with 100 percent funded by SAMHSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.