GOBHI Spring Conference registration now open
May 15-17, Bend, Oregon
With Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. presenting:
The Hidden Biases of Good People, Implications for Behavior Health Specialists and the Populations They Serve:
Implicit bias involves stereotyping, prejudice, and/or discrimination below conscious awareness in a manner that typically benefits oneself or one’s group. We all have biases. This engaging presentation will describe the causes, consequences, and measurement of implicit bias as well as potential solutions for minimizing its impact on mental health services.
Dr. Marks is a minister, researcher, trainer, and award-winning educator. He is the Founder and Chief Training Officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and a professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as senior advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
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The Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration helps jurisdictions across the state implement and improve efforts in engaging and treating individuals who, primarily due to symptoms of behavioral health conditions, are at risk of becoming incarcerated or are currently in the system, while collaborating with agencies to support public safety.
- Almost 50% of individuals incarcerated in local jails are in need of mental health services and an estimated 60% have a substance use disorder. Many inmates have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2017).
- Significant advancements in the treatment of behavioral health conditions have been developed and implemented successfully over the past 25 years.
- Individuals with serious behavioral health challenges are significantly more likely to be the victims of crime than individuals within the general public.
- Evidence-based practices associated with treatment and systems approaches can significantly reduce incarceration for individuals with behavioral health needs by providing appropriate services in the community to treat the behaviors that are bringing them to the attention of law enforcement.
Goals of the Center:
- Increase skills and competencies among criminal justice and behavioral health system partners in treatment of individuals with serious behavioral health challenges, pre and post arrest.
- Enhance knowledge among partners about effective community-based programs and services that improve the early identification of people with co-occurring disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
- Strengthen service linkage and engagement in treatment to improve quality of life, reduce the likelihood of people committing another crime, and promote community safety.
- Assess statewide implementation of program progress and use information to prioritize the focus of this work.