Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic and Latinx people experiencing substance use and mental health challenges need access to effective, culturally responsive, racially equitable recovery services and supports.
Deeply rooted structures, systems, and beliefs have perpetuated racism and racial inequities within substance use and mental health treatment and recovery settings. Criminalization of substance use and mental illness has had a disproportionately negative impact on communities of color and especially Black Americans—leading to tragic and often fatal consequences across generations. In the US, people of color are more likely to enter the criminal justice system than receive treatment, care, and recovery supports. Racism and associated traumas add to these injustices and may influence how people of color experience and seek help for behavioral health needs.
Equity is a strategy to address disparities and ensure that people in recovery who are most severely marginalized by race can access recovery support services in the amount, duration, locality, and by the provider of their choice. At C4 Innovations, we start with racial equity because racism permeates every institution and system in the US, denying millions the right to a fair and just society in which they can thrive and prosper. Through partnership with communities and people with lived experience, we incorporate person-centered, recovery-oriented, and trauma-informed approaches to understand factors that drive inequities and achieve transformative outcomes.