Achieving Behavioral Health Equity through Cultural & Linguistic Competence
Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC) is critical to reducing behavioral health disparities and improving access to high-quality behavioral health care — health care that is respectful of and responsive to the needs of our diverse children, youth, and families.
CLC focuses on the cultural complexities, rich diversity, and cultural strengths and challenges that exist in states, tribes, territories, and communities and impact the delivery of services for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families. Our work in this area focuses on the strategies and resources needed to respond to changing demographics and fluid social climates with the goal of reducing, eliminating and preventing discrimination and achieving behavioral health equity.
Behavioral Health Equity Peer Learning Exchange: Bi-monthly webinars and calls featuring facilitated discussions on field-generated and community specific topics related to behavioral health equity
Health Equity Round Table: Monthly forum for facilitated peer-to-peer discussion about National CLAS Standards implementation, current issues in CLC and specific populations of focus who experience inequities in behavioral health care access, treatment and outcomes
SAMHSA's National Workgroup to Address the Needs of Children and Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S and Their Families