STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER
STRONG INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
We are currently living through two pandemics: COVID-19 and racism. We have witnessed the tragic, highly publicized, senseless murders of Black people including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and countless others before them. As a mental health agency committed to social justice within a White-dominated community, we are committed to supporting our Black colleagues, friends, clients, and community members. We believe Black Lives Matter. While we feel it is important to recognize the inherent value and worth of all human beings, we also know that it is critical to acknowledge that Black individuals are oftentimes not treated as such, individually or systemically, and thus we must elevate their voices and experiences until they are. Black Lives Matter.
We also recognize, that just as Black lives have been undervalued in this country, those of us who are not Black have been conditioned to accept this kind of treatment for Black people; this phenomenon has been referred to as cultural programming—the extensive ways in which individuals are shaped by their every-day environment and that result in our unchecked assumptions and biases. Strong Integrated Behavioral Health is dedicated to engaging in anti-racist reform within our own organization. Racism is the chronic and insidious disease of the United States, and because of this we will list resources at the end of this statement to help others start a personal anti-racist education.
The therapists and staff at Strong Integrated Behavioral Health also recognize the detrimental impact that systemic racism has on the mental and physical health of Black people, especially when compounded by bigotry towards other intersecting identities. “Intersectionality” refers to the various ways in which race and other marginalized identities (e.g., gender, ability status, sexual orientation, size, class, education) compound one another and shape the experiences of racism, discrimination, prejudice, and bias. These experiences often occur while people are trying to access medical and mental health care. Our social justice mission includes a goal of increasing availability of mental health services for traditionally underserved populations. We humbly acknowledge that we as an organization need to continue growing in our antiracist ideals and actions in order to fully achieve this mission.
This statement is a call to action for ourselves and our community. We are meeting as a staff to ensure that we are doing our own work and recognizing the uncomfortable ways we have been complicit in systems of oppression, in order to improve our own anti-racist progress as professionals and as individuals. This statement reflects our commitment to each other as co-workers, to our community and those partners we hope to collaborate with, and to our clients; a commitment to support, elevate and value Black lives.
Following the recommendations for preventing the spread of the COVID 19 virus, Strong Integrated Behavioral Health has moved to a Telehealth Platform until further notice. We are dedicated to the continuation of providing care to you during this difficult time while keeping you and your loved ones safe at home. Our entire team is fully operational working from home.
We are using Zoom, a HIPAA compliant video platform to provide our services. Zoom can be downloaded to your electronic device with a camera and microphone, which most phones, tablets and laptops provide. On the day of your appointment, your provider will send you an e mail with a link to join the meeting, along with a code and password to gain confidential access.
We are accepting new referrals at this time and look forward to serving you. If you have any questions, please call our main office number at 541-393-5983 and speak to our administrative staff for further information.
-Your Team at Strong Integrated Behavioral Health
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Teri L. Strong, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Director
Liz Hatch, Practice Manager
Jennifer Forsyth, Operations Coordinator
Sarah Silverman, PsyD , Licensed Psychologist, Assessment Coordinator
Janette Stringer, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, VIM Coordinator
Corrina Falkenstein, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Director
AJ Millet, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
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66 Club Road, Suite 120
Eugene, OR 97401