Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

KMHS acknowledges that racism and discrimination of any kind undermines mental health and the health of individuals, families and communities. We pledge to work against individual, interpersonal, and institutional racism and discrimination in all of its many forms. Black Lives Matter. The Lives of People of Color Matter. Your Life Matters.

Like many organizations, institutions, and businesses around the nation, Kitsap Mental Health Services’ leadership responded to the tragic death of George Floyd by holding listening sessions during June 2020 with our staff, asking what staff felt might be needed within our own organization to address systemic racism and to better support staff, our clients, and our community. Out of that conversation, our leadership requested voluntary participation in an Equity and Inclusion Committee that includes staff and leadership from across the agency. This committee began meeting August 2020 and was instrumental in preparing our vision for equity and inclusion. By March 2021, Committee recommendations for next steps and action plan were developed, shared, and embraced by the Leadership Team. Immediate next steps included hiring of a Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, conducting internal, client and community surveys and assessments, and moving forward with additional staff trainings. As reflected in our pledge to work against individual and institutional racism and discrimination in its many forms, we believe this work is necessary in our own organization and in organizations and institutions everywhere to achieve a society where racism and discrimination no longer exists, and everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Factors that predict mental health problems can be identified in the early years.