Racial Inequity and Discrimination in Mental Health: Promoting Equity In Crisis Services and the Criminal Legal System
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Expires on Sep 06, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Available: 09/6/2022 - 09/6/2025


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Funding for the Striving for Excellence Serieswas made possible by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.        

During this webinar, learners we be informed on the impact of structural racism and systemic inequalities in mental health care. Research findings will be used to showcase the connection between structural racism, mental illness, and criminal legal systems. To mitigate this challenge, policy interventions to combat structural racism will be shared. 


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded on September 1, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Define structural racism, discrimination, and prejudice. 
  • Discuss how structural racism and discrimination impact individuals with mental illness involved in the criminal legal system. 
  • Implement policy interventions to address structural racism in the mental health and criminal legal systems. 

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Medical students and other mental health professionals   

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: September 6, 2022
End Date: September 6, 2022

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned.     

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.         

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

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Program Presenters

  • Matthew L. Edwards, MD is an assistant professor and an assistant director of residency training for the general psychiatry residency program at Stanford University School of Medicine. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and received his M.D. with honors in research from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his general psychiatry training and chief residency at Stanford University School of Medicine and recently finished his fellowship training in forensic psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Edwards’ clinical interests are in community psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. At Stanford, Dr. Edwards treats patients in the division of adult psychiatry and the centerspace clinic. This recovery-oriented clinic provides culturally-contextualized and trauma-informed care for people with marginalized, multiple, and intersecting identities. His research interests lie at the intersection of medical history, bioethics, and public policy, and numerous grants and fellowships have supported his research. He teaches the history of psychiatry to general psychiatry residents and forensic psychiatry fellows. Dr. Edwards has no financial relationships to disclose.       

Program Planners

  • Gabriel Escontrias, Jr., Ed.D., Director, Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commerical interests.
  • Ebony Harris, MS, D.E.S, Associate Director, Online Learning, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commerical interests.

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

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  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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