Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion — commonly referred to as DEI — has become a major focus in behavioral health services and in the workplace of Collaborative member agencies.  We seek to create meaningful change, in spite of the history of injustice that has marginalized underrepresented groups within the workplace.  Our society and our service industry has not effectively engaged and respected people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, people living in poverty, the previously incarcerated, those with disabilities, and many other groups.

The Collaborative and its members are steadfast in a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusive practices with clients, staff members, and the public. 

  • We review and improve our hiring, supervision, policies, culture, and systems, pursuing a workforce that reflects and understands the community we serve.

  • We strive to be the change we seek in the world and focus on our elevating own behaviors and beliefs.

  • We engage in dialogue and self-reflection to increase our awareness of internalized biases.

  • We actively solicit input and feedback from staff and customers, to improve our practices and culture.

  • We partner with our government partners and the community to advocate for changes, hold ourselves accountable, and advance DEI impact.

  • We evaluate service access and outcomes through a DEI lens.