Cultural & Linguistic Competence Resources

The resources provided on this page may help counties, youth, family and system partners to successfully navigate their journey of enhancing and infusing linguistic and cultural competence across Pennsylvania. 

National Resources

  • Mental Health helps communities transform the way services are delivered to children and families. These values and principles emphasize family and youth driven services, cultural competence, effective and evidence based interventions, and sustainability within a coordinated community based service system. Visit: http://www.tapartnership.org/cc/default.asp
  • The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health promotes culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems with the intent to effect change in organizational policies and service delivery practice in systems of care. See: http://gucchd.georgetown.edu/programs/ta_center/topics/cultural_linguistic_competence.html
  • Culture Clues (African American, Albanian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Chinese, Deaf & Hard - of - Hearing, Korean, Latino, Russian, Somali and Vietnamese) End of life Care: The Latino Culture; The Russian Culture; The Vietnamese Culture
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) created the Multicultural Action Center in 2002 to focus attention on system reform to eliminate disparities in mental health care for diverse communities, ensure access to culturally competent services and treatment for all Americans, and particularly to help and support people of diverse backgrounds who are affected by serious mental illness.
  • National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS): The CLAS standards, which are directed at health care organizations primarily, may also be used to providers to make their practices more culturally and linguistically accessible.

CLC Resources Outside of Pennsylvania

LGBTQIA2-S Youth & Families

Military Families & Youth

An emerging special population of children and youth in need of mental health services are children of military families due to daily stress surrounding the uncertainty of parents' safety. Anxiety, acting out, and/or withdrawal from typical daily routines or activities are typical ways in which youth may "cope” with this daily stress. This is especially true for parents or family members that are deployed away from home, or in war-torn areas.

  • Resources for Returning Veterans and Families – The federal branch, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a list of links and resources for veterans and their families. See: http://www.samhsa.gov/vets/index.aspx
  • National Military Family Association – The National Military Family Association provides information and resource for children's behavioral health issues for families of the military. See: http://www.nmfa.org/

For more information and resources available visit our Military Families and Veterans pages.

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