On February 28, 2018, we hosted our second Dialogue & Conversation in our free series of events about Mental Healthcare in DC at Busboys and Poets on 5th and K.

Having stable, safe, and affordable living conditions are just as essential for individuals working toward recovery from mental illness as accessibility to services and support. 

While having a mental illness has little to no impact on housing for many people, others face cascading obstacles and challenges, particularly availability and affordability. The waitlist for housing in DC is at an all-time high and some people have been on the list for years. This event focused on DC’s housing for people with mental illness, and opened a Dialogue & Conversation about current programs, improvements, and solutions.

Moderator(s):
Jayne O’Donnell, Healthcare Policy Reporter, USA TODAY
David Whitehead, Housing Program Organizer, Greater Greater Washington

Panelists:
Kenyatta Brunson, Director of Programs, N Street Village
Kate Coventry, Senior Policy Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Sheila Morton, McClendon Center client
Christy Respress, Executive Director, Pathways to Housing DC

Please check back here for updates about this event or email development@McClendonCenter.org to stay connected to our latest news and information.

On October 19, 2017 we hosted our first Dialogue & Conversation in our free series of events about Mental Healthcare in DC at Busboys and Poets on 5th and K.

Being healthy is a right not a privilege. All too often, though, people of color find that their access to healthcare is not the same as it is for people who are white. And although advances in civil rights have had a significant, and positive, impact, race still remains a significant factor in access to care, the quality of care, and even diagnoses of illnesses.

Four speakers shared their view of the status of mental healthcare disparity in the District today, who it affects, and why it matters. Jayne O’Donnell, Health Reporter for USA Today, then led a lively conversation about how we can raise the bar for better healthcare, especially behavioral healthcare, in our community.

Moderator(s):
Jayne O’Donnell, Healthcare Policy Reporter, USA TODAY
David Whitehead, Housing Program Organizer, Greater Greater Washington

Panelists:
Michael Burt, QI Director and Team Leader, McClendon Center
Jean Harris, President, NAMI DC
Michaela Nicholson, MHS, Howard University
Elaine Webber, McClendon Center client

Please check back here for updates about this event or email development@McClendonCenter.org to stay connected to our latest news and information.