Cultural and Linguistic Competence


The PA SOC Partnership recognizes Cultural and Linguistic Competence as one of its eight standards for improving the delivery of care to youth and families across the Commonwealth. Under the Pennsylvania System of Care Partnership Standards cultural and linguistic competence is defined in Standard VI as “the integration and transformation of knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes from and about individuals or groups that enable policy makers, administrators, youth, families, service providers, and system partners to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.” Cultural competence is a developmental process that evolves over an extended period of time.

The PA SOC Partnership is committed to developing culturally and linguistically appropriate services and supports across the Commonwealth to improve the lives of youth and families in fulfillment of their hopes and dreams. A highlight of our recent CLC initiatives include the CLC Pilot, CLC Webinar Series, and CLC County Assessment Survey.