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File #: 57414    Version: 1 Name: Declaring the month of March as African American Mental Health Awareness Month in the City of Madison.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/24/2021 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 3/2/2021 Final action: 3/2/2021
Enactment date: 3/8/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00158
Title: Declaring the month of March as African American Mental Health Awareness Month in the City of Madison.
Sponsors: Sheri Carter, Syed Abbas, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Christian A. Albouras, Samba Baldeh, Shiva Bidar, Tag Evers, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Zachary Henak, Rebecca Kemble, Lindsay Lemmer, Arvina Martin, Max Prestigiacomo, Marsha A. Rummel, Paul E. Skidmore, Michael J. Tierney, Michael E. Verveer, Nasra Wehelie
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
3/2/20211 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Unanimously Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.24, & 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/24/20211 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Declaring the month of March as African American Mental Health Awareness Month in the City of Madison.
WHEREAS, the City of Madison declares the month of March, as “African American Mental Health Awareness Month”; and,

WHEREAS, in the African American community there is a need to support the recovery process of peers/clients/consumers and family members impacted by stress from racism, mental health and substance use issues through the delivery of culturally responsive, community-defined and honoring services; including but not limited to the incorporation of identified spiritual/faith practices and beliefs when requested; and,

WHEREAS, stress and trauma from racialized disparities in wellness, the economy, environmental stressors, housing, health outcomes and treatments, and the devastating impact of the pandemic, are among the leading causes of health challenges for African Americans in the City of Madison; and,

WHEREAS, scientific studies show that when the identified cultural/spiritual/faith practices of a peer/client/consumer are embraced as a part of the recovery plan, the peer/client/consumer, along with the behavioral health system, experience shorter recovery times, fewer relapses, and fewer hospitalizations; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Madison, in an effort to better reflect and celebrate the diverse population of the City, has demonstrated that there is a need to embrace all residents and visitors to the City of Madison by building collaborations culturally honoring mental health providers and various faith based/spiritual communities and to explore all resources and tools that will enhance mental health wellness in the African American community; and,

WHEREAS, behavioral health providers, peers/clients/consumers, family members, spiritual leaders and other allies of African American/Black individuals living with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder are working hard to support and protect individu...

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