The Center at Sierra Health Foundation in partnership with Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services in January 2021 awarded a total of $2.5 million to four Sacramento organizations to support outreach, engagement and prevention services for African American/Black community members through the Trauma-Informed Wellness Program.
Through this new program, funding focuses on people of all ages and genders, with special consideration for children and youth (ages 0 to 25) who have experienced or been exposed to trauma. Programs incorporate an understanding of African American/Black cultural heritage, including norms and traditions, the broad and multifaceted definition of family, and historical trauma. The funding will support activities from January 2021 through June 2023.
The Trauma-Informed Wellness Program is funded by the Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter-approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act.
Grantee partners will outreach to a minimum of 350 individuals annually, provide time-limited supportive services to a minimum of 200 unduplicated program participants annually, and provide community education to a minimum of 200 community members annually.
In October 2018, the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services and local stakeholders formed the Cultural Competence Committee Ad Hoc Workgroup. This workgroup was charged with designing community listening sessions to give African American/Black community members an opportunity to reflect on how trauma has impacted the community.
The community developed a recommendation for a new Prevention and Early Intervention program that addresses the mental health and wellness needs of the African American/Black community inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community members, who have experienced or been exposed to trauma.