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Community Empowerment Sessions

Community Empowerment Sessions are action-oriented community conversations, designed to build authentic relationships and facilitate the process of co-creating solutions in partnership with the people we serve.

By providing information and encouraging community members to share their experiences, DHS can partner with communities to identify barriers and create opportunities to better inform DHS policies and programs.

These sessions are a new community engagement tool to give community members a channel for two-way communication with DHS. We will provide opportunities for community members to give input on their most important topics and issues, and share back with the community what we heard and what actions have been taken through the LoopBack podcast.

Upcoming sessions

The next Community Empowerment Session, focused on “Community Healing” will be held virtually via Webex on Wednesday, May 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

In this session, community members will discuss how behavioral health services can be more responsive to communities, and reflective and respectful of people's cultures, languages, and experiences. DHS staff will facilitate conversations grounded in building authentic relationships based on trust, mutual respect, and acknowledgement of each person’s and community’s added value to developing solutions. 

Closed captioning will be available. For additional accommodations or questions, email

Meeting information

Community Healing Virtual Empowerment Session - Wednesday, May 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Register in advance 
to attend the Webex meeting.

Who should attend

People and families who have experience with DHS Mental Health and Substance Use services and programs and Community Partners who want to help better inform DHS policies on community healing and behavioral health services.

What to expect

  • DHS staff will share information on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) standards and culturally responsive behavioral health service opportunities at DHS 
  • Participants will break up into smaller groups led by facilitators for open conversations, building authentic relationships with DHS staff, partner providers and fellow community members 
  • Participate in the uplifting of community voices to inform policy and programming decisions at DHS

Session Outcomes

Information, resources and responses to previous Community Empowerment Sessions. 

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