Following the recent murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, we must condemn the systemic racism and continued oppression of the Black community. We are an agency that must show up every day to help others and ethically we must work together to dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism embedded in this country.
We understand that this has been a time of tragedy, hurt, anger, frustration and great stress for our staff, our communities, and our clients. We understand that racism, police brutality, and violence deeply impacts the mental health and well-being of those we serve.
Thrive will not tolerate racism in any form within its agency, in our leadership or toward the clients we serve. We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, clients, and the entire Black community to fight for equal rights and justice.
Thrive understands that we have a lot to learn from this experience and a long way to go to be the company that that we strive to be.
This conversation is far from over. Moving forward, Thrive is committed to:
-Developing a policy that specifically condemns racism with our agency.
-Developing a task force of employees at every level geared specifically towards these issues.
-Continuing to work to broaden the face of our team and our leadership.
-Providing mandatory training to all staff around issues of cultural competency, racism, and microaggressions.
-Increasing transparency around what upper and middle management are doing to educate ourselves and increase cultural competency on an agency level.
-Empowering our clients to provide constructive feedback to our agency
Your voices are important and although we cannot ever fully understand how you feel, we will continue to listen and will stand with you.
Black Lives Matter.
For those that do not identify as a Black American: You may be asking yourself how this relates to you. We are not taking away from the fact that people of all races and creeds face hardship, stress, and challenges. We continue to be here for you. We encourage everyone to open themselves up to learning about racism in our world and how it impacts us all.
Thrive Behavioral Health is committed to consistent improvement and development of cultural competency for our staff and as an organization. Since June 2020, some of the trainings/initiatives our staff have participated in have included:
- Understanding Implicit Bias and Microaggressions (Celeste Malone, PhD, MS)
- Multicultural Considerations in Supervision (Celeste Malone, PhD, MS)
- Supporting Students who have Immigrated to the US (Emma O’Grady, LCSW-C)
- Introduction to Trans Identity (Emily Goode, LGPC)
- Addition of Cultural Formulation Interview to Electronic Health Record Form and In-Service on Delivery of the Cultural Formulation Interview
- Multilevel Interventions to Reduce Disproportional Disciplinary Actions (Celeste Malone, PhD, MS)
- Monthly leadership meetings with Celeste Malone, PhD, MS, to consult regarding quality improvement efforts related to anti-racism and cultural diversity.
- Delivery of surveys to staff seeking feedback related to individual experiences at Thrive and the implementation of initiatives based on feedback.
- Continuous addition of materials and resources related to anti-racism and cultural competency to a shared folder accessible to all staff.
- October 2020: Microaggressions in Regard to Multiple Cultural Identities (Celeste Malone, PhD, MS)
- January 2021: Culturally Just and Socially Responsive Clinical Practices (Celeste Malone, PhD, MS)
- December 2021: The Risk of Being Yourself: The Ethical Case for Providing Effective Care to LGBTQIA+ Individuals (Lee Wesgate, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C)