May 20, 2022 (Reprinted from Matt Canuteson, OMH Diversity and Inclusion Officer)
As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this month, we would like to honor and recognize the remarkable contributions and commitment that OMH’s Asian American and Pacific Islander employees make to the mental health field, every single day. We recognize the current and historic disparities that exist for these communities and as an Agency remain committed to ensuring that supports and services are put in place to promote equity and inclusivity for all.
OMH recognizes the increase in discrimination and injustices targeted towards these communities both historically and currently. We continue to implement activities and supports aimed at addressing the mental health impact that experiencing these situations have on individuals. In alignment with these efforts, we have convened an Asian American Mental Health Workgroup tasked with developing and implementing concrete strategies and initiatives aimed at addressing current and historic disparities and fostering support for these communities. With participation and support from NYC Council members, NYC government leaders, OMH leadership and other amazing providers and stakeholders, this workgroup meets regularly to identify policy, system, and program-level recommendations to be implemented across the system.
Additionally, we remain focused on increasing information sharing in an effort to further inform providers, advocates and stakeholders about unique challenges faced by minority communities. In alignment with these efforts, we continue to create numerous tip-sheets and resources focused on bringing awareness and attention to supports and services available for special populations. We invite you to explore the resource attached, Spotlight on Asian Americans which brings awareness to the unique challenges faced by this community as well as available resources and supports.
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