Cultural Competency: Measurement as a Strategy for Moving Knowledge into Practice in State Mental Health Systems

Organization: 
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
Author: 
Ganju, Vijay
Published Date: 
2004

This report outlines the rationale for implementing cultural competence, the approaches to implementation, including the measurement of cultural competence as a strategy, and steps that a state mental health commissioner/director can take to move the cultural competence agenda from research into practice. These steps were used to develop a State Mental Health Agency Cultural Competence Activities Assessment that was tested on state mental health commissioners/directors. Based on their input, revisions were made to this instrument. This report includes this cultural competence measure for refinement and testing in state mental health systems.

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