From Harm to Health: Centering Racial Equity and Lived Experience in Mental Health Crisis Response

Date(s) - Monday, April 12th, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event hosted by Fountain House.

One in four people killed by police are having what is deemed a mental health crisis, and they are disproportionately people of color. The Front End Project – a collaboration of Fountain House, the Mental Health Strategic Impact Initiative (s2i), the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC), the Center for Court Innovation, and The W. Haywood Burns Institute – looks at the way we define and respond to crisis with a racial equity lens that centers the voices of those with lived experience.

Our upcoming report, From Harm to Health, details our findings, shares a north star vision that addresses the structural roots of what we call mental health crisis and the appropriate intersectional public health responses, and provides a set of guiding principles for change.

Join us as we reimagine mental health crisis response. Register here:


  • Patrisse Cullors, Executive Director and Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation
  • Dr. Ashwin Vasan, President and CEO, Fountain House
  • Christina Sparrock, CPA, Peer, Mental Health Advocate
  • Dr. RaShall Brackney, Chief of Police for Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Keris Jän Myrick, MS, MBA, Co-Director, Mental Health Strategic Impact Initiative (S2i)
  • Dr. Stephanie M. Le Melle, Director of Public Psychiatry Education, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry/New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Will Snowden, New Orleans Director, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Ken Zimmerman, Co-Director, Mental Health Strategic Impact Initiative (S2i)
  • Cindy Rodriguez, Incoming Senior Editor at Reveal

and more