The BeHERE Initiative
Advancing racial equity in behavioral health
We build capacity to transform policies and practices in prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery.
An initiative of Health Resources in Action (HRiA).
Who We Are
About the BeHERE Initiative
Everyone has the right to optimal health. But our systems, designed to benefit White people, create barriers to health for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Through the BeHERE Initiative, we seek to transform behavioral health systems to ensure they work for all people.
Health Resources in Action (HRiA)’s BeHERE Initiative embraces a broad, holistic definition of behavioral health that includes:
- The promotion of mental health, resilience, and well-being
- The treatment of substance use, mental health, and process disorders
- The support of those who experience or are in recovery from these conditions, as well as their families and communities ●
BeHERE in the Workplace
At the cutting edge of industry change
Workplace injuries and stress can happen, but they don’t have to result in opioid use disorder or a heightened risk of overdose. In this section, we explore the connection between opioids and pain on the job, why a recovery-supportive workplace is better for everyone, and how the workplace can be part of the opioid solution. ●
BeHERE In the Community
Empowering community change makers through training
With a focus on power-shifting and challenging harmful behavioral health stereotypes and stigma, BeHERE training and engagement activities provide the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to better serve your entire community. Build your toolkit through trainings on overdose prevention, stigma, the racist history of drug policy, and more. ●
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This three-hour training will offer participants an opportunity to explore reasons why people may use drugs, how we can assess risk using the “drug, set, setting” model, and how we […]
Overview of Training This 1.5 hour interactive training for Massachusetts employers will describe how workplace conditions may lead to injury, pain, and opioid use, explore strategies to create a work [...]