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Applying the Stepping Up Framework to Advance Racial Equity

Individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) have long advocated for addressing disparities in the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. Such pervasive inequities can be complex to understand and overwhelming to counties that are just starting to confront them. The Stepping Up framework offers a solid foundation to effect more racially equitable outcomes, specifically among individuals with serious mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. This brief shows Stepping Up counties how to apply the tools they already have in place to incrementally build policies, programs, and practices that increase racial equity and mitigate disparities. Photo by fauxels via Pexels.

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