SankofaBCH Sign On Letter

Dear Unity, GHC, and Dean Health Care,

We are community members and organizations asking for Sankofa Behavioral & Community Health to be included as a provider in your networks. We, the undersigned, see the services that SankofaBCH offers as crucial to the health of our community and want a broader group of people to be able to access their services.

SankofaBCH is a leader in behavioral health. They understand that mental health and environmental conditions may interfere with a person’s well-being. They provide comprehensive and effective care through mental health counseling, alcohol and other drug addiction counseling, case management, career counseling, assessment, and most importantly, culturally-specific counseling.

Given Madison and Dane County's high racial disparities highlighted in the Race To Equity report, it is no secret that there are race-related problems that we need to overcome as a community. These disparities do not come without trauma to Black individuals and families in our community. Part of Madison and Dane County's efforts for overcoming racial disparities needs to be on healing from the trauma of racism and other residual effects of racism such as poverty and mental health struggles.

It has been shown that having a therapist that is of your race can go a long way to meet your healing needs. It is also well-known that there are few Black therapists in Madison providing the kind of care that Dr. Henderson and SankofaBCH provide.

SankofaBCH is certified by Wisconsin’s Division of Quality Assurance as an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. Additionally, Dr. Valerie Henderson, the director of SankofaBCH, is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Wisconsin. In fact, she is one of the few African American psychologists providing clinical services in Dane County.

Many people in need of SankofaBCH's services have historically faced challenges in finding adequate health care. With the Affordable Care Act, there are more people who are able to access health care from your agencies. This is a chance to get your patients exceptional healthcare that they are asking for through an organization specializing in culturally specific healthcare.

As partners in our community that understand the importance of health care and culturally-specific practices, we advocate for the inclusion of Sankofa Behavioral & Community Health to your team of qualified Mental Health providers.

Sincerely,

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