Behavioral Health Equity is the right to access quality health care for

Behavioral Health Equity is the right to access quality health care for all populations regardless of the individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or geographical location. This includes access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for mental and substance use disorders. Advancing health equity involves ensuring that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This also applies to behavioral health. In conjunction with quality services, this involves addressing social determinants, such as employment and housing stability, insurance status, proximity to services, culturally responsive care – all of which have an impact on behavioral health outcomes. Link to the webpage and reading (Links to an external site.)
Please review the pages available on this website, then review and respond thoughtfully to the following prompts: 
1. Define/explain Health equity; disparities in health; and/or health inequality
2. Choose one population discussed in this week’s module. Why is this particular group of interest to you?
3. Discuss the concerns, issues, etc. related to the provision of equitable health resources to individuals struggling with addiction or mental health issues from this population. Why is this happening?
Your response must be a minimum of 3 full paragraphs in length; it must be insightful and academic; you MUST support your statements with evidenced readings or research; you must in apply in text citations throughout your response and you must have a reference list at the end of the discussion response.
Behavioral Health Equity | SAMHSA
 Shushansky, L. (2017, July 1). Disparities Within Minority Mental Health Care . https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2017/Disparities-Within-Minority-Mental-Health-Care
National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014, January 3). Severe mental illness tied to higher rates of substance use. Retrieved from https://archives.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2014/01/severe-mental-illness-tied-to-higher-rates-substance-use.
Citation: Welsh, J. (2012, January 16). Why Teens Are More Prone to Addiction, Mental Illness. Retrieved from https://www.livescience.com/17938-teens-prone-addiction-mental-illness.html (Links to an external site.)
Winters, K. C., & Arria, A. (2011). Adolescent Brain Development and Drugs. The prevention researcher, 18(2), 21–24. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3399589/
Blakemore, S.J., (2012, June). The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain. [ Ted Talk Video File]. Retrieved from 

NIDA. 2020, April 16. Access to Addiction Services Differs by Race and Gender. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2019/07/access-to-addiction-services-differs-by-race-gender on 2020
National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, June 1). Criminal Justice DrugFacts. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/criminal-justice (Links to an external site.).
Severe mental illness tied to higher rates of substance use | NIDA Archives (drugabuse.gov)