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External link Developing Cultural Competence in Disaster Mental Health Programs (SMA03-3828)
Designed to supplement information already available through CMHS, SAMHSA, and other sources, Developing Cultural Competence in Disaster Mental Health Programs highlights important common issues relating to cultural competence and to disaster mental health. Disaster mental health providers and workers can use and adapt the guidelines set forth in this document to meet the unique characteristics of individuals and communities affected directly or indirectly by a full range of natural and human-made disasters.
External link Cultural Competence Standards in Managed Care Mental Health Services: Four Underserved/Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Groups Exit Disclaimer
In response to the dearth of broad-based, culturally competent care within the behavioral managed care sector, CMHS sought to develop and disseminate cultural competence standards for managed care mental health services to improve the availability of high-quality services for "four underserved/underrepresented racial/ethnic groups" - notably, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans/Alaska Natives, and Asian/Pacific Islander Americans. To that end, it convened four national panels representing each of the four core racial/ethnic groups, and each comprised of mental health professionals, families, and consumers.
External linkpdf file Systems of Care Promising Practices in Children's Mental Health-Cultural Strengths and Challenges in Implementing A System of Care Model in American Indian Communities, 2000 Series (Vol 1) [PDF | 400KB] Exit Disclaimer
This publication examines the promising practices of five American Indian children's mental health projects that integrate traditional American Indian helping and healing methods with the systems of care model are discussed in this publication.
External link Mental Health: Culture, Race, Ethnicity. Supplement to Mental Health: Report of the Surgeon General
This report is a Supplement to the first ever Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health, Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS], 1999). That report provided extensive documentation of the scientific advances illuminating our understanding of mental illness and its treatment. It found a range of effective treatments for most mental disorders.
External linkpdf file Mental Health: Culture, Race Ethnicity. A Report of the Surgeon General - Full Report
This August 2001 report documents striking disparities in access, quality and availability of mental health services that exist for racial and ethnic minority Americans, and proposes broad courses of action to improve the quality of mental health care available to racial and ethnic minority populations.



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