In June 2022, OASAS established the Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) and appointed an Executive Equity Officer. This Office is tasked with examining policies, practices and developing goals using an equity lens and implementing change that is anti-racist, trauma informed, LGBTQ+ affirming and centered on the integration of equitable practices and the inclusion of all. We believe in the principles of equity, value the intersectionality of our staff and the people we serve, and commit to collaborating and being guided by culturally specific community partners, dismantling oppressive systems, policies and practices, and instituting strategies that center on marginalized communities, especially black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC).
OASAS commits to performing this work using a collaborative process, continuous engagement, assessment, evaluation and involvement of agency staff, providers, and communities that we serve.
Treatment Equity Comittee
In January of 2022, Governor Hochul signed legislation (Chapter 4 of the Laws of 2022) creating the Commitee for Treatment Equity within the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council.
The Committee for Treatment Equity is tasked with examining the substance use disorder system for purposes of:
- Identifying stakeholders and working collaboratively to set priorities to achieve treatment equity in racially and ethnically diverse regions of the state and among vulnerable populations throughout the state;
- Analyzing data to identify the root causes of treatment inequities in racially and ethnically diverse regions of the state and among vulnerable populations throughout the state;
- Recommending strategies to overcome substance use treatment inequities;
- Promoting community engagement; and,
- Reviewing the impact of current laws, rules, regulations, policies and programs impacting the ability to achieve treatment equity.
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Cultural Competency Trainings
What is Cultural Competency?
Cultural Competency refers to the professional lens that guides addiction service providers in their work. Cultural competence requires providers to be conscientious, sensitive and respectful to the life experiences and world view of those in their care to ensure better treatment and recovery outcomes.
The tenets of Cultural Competence include: Cultural Appropriateness, Cultural Intelligence, Cultural Sensitivity, Cultural Relevance, Cultural Responsiveness, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Humility, and Cultural Conscientiousness.
Together, these tenets provide the foundation for providers to ensure better treatment outcomes.
- Learning Thursdays OASAS has a number of on-demand Cultural Competency trainings available for free. Credentialing and/or re-credentialing credit may be offered. Topics explored in these training include, but are not limited to:
- Issues Faced by Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming People
- Meeting the Needs of Justice Involved Veterans
- Native Americans and SUDs: Expanding Trauma-informed Care
- Training Catalog Search for cultural competency trainings happening near you.