Our Position on Racism

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It is time for things to change; it has taken way too long and the tragic loss of life is devastating.

Wellspring Center for Prevention has always been deeply committed to serving the diverse populations of Middlesex and Monmouth County, New Jersey and we are proud of our diverse, engaged staff and Board of Trustees, all of whom are working toward positive community change.

In light of recent events, we feel compelled to examine and take action against the multifaceted nature of racism in the United States.

So as a socially conscientious agency, we believe that right now, and moving forward, we must continually examine racism beyond the actions of individuals, because, after all, it is embedded in the very fabric of our society.

Moving forward, we vow to purposefully identify, discuss and challenge issues of race and color and the impact(s) they have on our organization, its systems, and its people. We will also challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this purposeful process.

We hope that our anti-bias efforts will enable us and our partners to increase understanding of human differences and their value to a respectful and civil society and to actively challenge bias, stereotyping and all forms of discrimination in schools and communities. We will strive to make Wellspring reflect diverse experiences and perspectives, instructional methods that advance all individuals' learning, and strategies to create and sustain safe, inclusive and respectful communities.

We expect that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life and culture of the agency through our policies, programs and practices as we continue to learn and talk about racism.

Sincerely,

The management of Wellspring Center for Prevention.

Resources provided by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The recent unrests which are occurring across the Nation are forcing families and communities to engage in conversation on the topics of race, racism and the inequities that are faced by African Americans today. The hope is that the information below can be helpful when taking part in meaningful dialogue about race, and how to move forward equitably. These resources can not only be used in your personal life, but in health clinics, treatment centers, and recovery spaces.

Racial Equity Tools

This is website is "designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level."

Anti-Racism Work in Recovery Spaces

"Currently, Black Americans are at a higher risk of substance use disorders being characterized as a criminal issue rather than medical issue. In fact, the American Addiction Centers reported that even though "African Americans make up (only) 12.5% of illicit drug users," a staggering 33% of those incarcerated for drugs are African American. The report also states that African American Americans are less likely to recover from drug and alcohol use even after treatment because our current recovery options are not set up to meet this particular population's needs. Staffing is too white. Resources do not address the African American population's unique life experiences or mental health needs."

The 8 R's of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations

This is guide seems very helpful for how to talk about race. There are more resources at the bottom for people to peruse.

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

This guided resource is to help address certain phrases (e.g., "I don' see color") or viewpoints (e.g., "I can't be racist because my husband/wife/child/etc. is black") that can still perpetuate racist ideologies in spaces. There are activities, podcasts, videos, articles, and books to look at and read. There are also specific resources at the bottom for the Christian Community towards the end of the document.

How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven't Been for Centuries)

This might be helpful for organizations to offer support for African American staff members and ways to make the organization more equitable for African American people.
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