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Joint Statement from the National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

“Social determinants of health – one’s race and the multitude of factors that make up where one lives, works, plays and prays – are deeply impacted by systemic racism and should not dictate the quality of care a person receives. Too often in America, these factors unfairly determine one’s access to quality care.

We must repair health care in America by addressing persistent disparities rooted in systemic racism. And we have an obligation to do so. We have an obligation to break down barriers to improve health care access. Eliminating disparities will improve individual and community health. This requires ensuring that everyone has access to the best possible care because one’s physical health or behavioral health should not depend on the color of one’s skin.”

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