Striving for Equity in Community Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges for Integrating Care for BIPOC Youth.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Supporting the mental health of youth who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC) continues to be a challenge for clinicians and policymakers alike. Children and adolescents are a vulnerable population, and for BIPOC youth, these vulnerabilities are magnified by the effects of structural, interpersonal, and internalized racism. Integration of psychiatric care into other medical settings has emerged as an evidence-based method to improve access to psychiatric care, but to bridge the gap experienced by BIPOC youth, care must extend beyond medical settings to other child-focused sectors, including local governments, education, child welfare, juvenile legal systems, and beyond. Intentional policy decisions are needed to incentivize and support these systems, which typically rely on coordination and collaboration between clinicians and other stakeholders. Clinicians must be trauma-informed and strive for structural competency to successfully navigate and advocate for collaborative systems that benefit BIPOC youth.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rafla-Yuan, E; Moore, S; Carvente-Martinez, H; Yang, P; Balasuriya, L; Jackson, K; McMickens, C; Robles-Ramamurthy, B

Published Date

  • April 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 295 - 312

PubMed ID

  • 35361366

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-0490

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.chc.2021.11.007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States