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Development and Evaluation of a Cultural Consultation Service in Mental Health

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This project involved the development and evaluation of cultural consultation as a specialized service in mental health in Canada. The principle objective of the service was to improve the accessibility and cultural appropriateness of mental health services for the multicultural population of Montreal, including immigrants, refugees, and ethnocultural groups, as well as Aboriginal peoples.

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Cultural Competency Toolkit: Ten Grant Sites Share Lessons Learned

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This toolkit provides an overview of and lessons learned from the Cultural Competency Initiative, which was launched in 2000. The Initiative assisted mental health organizations create and implement culturally competent services by providing funding and technical assistance as well as by disseminating information about innovative minority outreach programs.

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Reducing Stigma about Mental Illness in Transcultural Settings: A Guide

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This guide is intended to serve as a reference for professionals to gain an understanding of stigma towards mental illness in non-English speaking background communities in Australia. Additionally, the guide was developed to aide in the development of strategies to reduce stigma in non-English speaking background communities.

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Evaluating Mental Health Services for Non-English Speaking Background Communities

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This report documents a project, funded under the National Mental Health Strategy in Australia, aimed to consider the main barriers which people of non-English speaking background experience when they need public mental health services. The project explored both these barriers, and service responses to them in the Australian context, and in the academic literature.

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Cultural Elements in Community Defined Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs

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This report outlines the results of a research project intended to document the cultural features of three well-established mental health programs developed by community members, or adapted by providers, to work for the cultural groups they serve.

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Cultural Competency: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Service Providers

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This simple guide offers mental health professionals a better understanding of the factors which can affect their counseling and suggests ways to improve and enrich services for their ethnically diverse clientele. Topics covered include use of interpreters, confidentiality, outreach, and engaging with families.

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Cultural Competency Methodological and Data Strategies to Assess the Quality of Services in Mental Health Systems of Care

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In an effort to address concerns that the services offered by behavioral healthcare organizations may not be responsive to the special needs of multicultural populations, a two phase project was undertaken with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to recommend and benchmark performance measures that could be used to make specific these concerns and

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Cultural Competency in the Delivery of Mental Health Services: Implementation Issues

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This policy brief discusses the increased attention given to multicultural issues such as minority utilization, language barriers, and provider diversity in mental health service delivery. The author discusses recent trends in demographic projections regarding the make up the U.S. population, as well as treatment outcomes, and implementation strategies.

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Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response (CCC-DPCR)

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This series of courses focused on disaster preparedness and crisis response focuses on training professionals so that in a disaster situation they can ensure that all people affected receive equitable, effective services in an appropriate manner.

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Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Questionnaire (CCSAQ)

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The CCSAQ is an assessment tool designed for use in child and adolescent mental health systems to help organizations 1) assess their ability to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services, 2) identify cross-cultural strengths already present in the organization, and 3) guide leadership towards training interventions to improve cultural competence.

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