General Resources



Behavioral Health Implementation Guide For The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collaborated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health to develop this Behavioral Health Implementation Guide for the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (Behavioral Health Guide). This Behavioral Health Guide underscores the ways in which the National CLAS Standards can improve access to behavioral health care, promote quality behavioral health programs and practice, and ultimately reduce persistent disparities in mental health and substance use treatment for underserved, minority populations and communities.

Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence (NY)

The Center works with New York State Mental Health Services to investigate and disseminate best practices in the delivery of culturally competent mental health services to under-served populations who are affected by cultural and linguistic barriers.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Podcasts

Hosted by Cultural and Linguistic Competence Specialist Shannon Moreno, CLC Podcasts are intended to take a deeper dive into clinical considerations of working with various populations. Each new series focuses on a different community that has been previously discussed in an episode of our webinar series, the ABC’s of CLC.

Guidelines: How to Write about People with Disabilities

The recommendations in the Guidelines are based on a survey of national disability organizations and individuals with disabilities.

Health Equity Initiative 

Health Equity Initiative (HEI) is a member-driven nonprofit membership organization dedicated to build a global community that engages across sectors and disciplines to advance health equity. 

Mental Health and Development Disabilities National Training Center

The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) National Training Center is a collaboration between the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Kentucky, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Utah State University. Established in 2018 through funding provided by the Administration for Community Living, we work to improve mental health services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. By serving as a national clearinghouse, we help provide access to the most current evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally responsive practices that address the mental health needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Minority Mental Health Awareness 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health provides a web-page of resources.

National Center on Cultural Competence at Georgetown University

The Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. The NCCC provides training, technical assistance, and consultation contributes to knowledge through publications and research, creates tools and resources to support health and mental health care providers and systems, supports leaders to promote and sustain cultural and linguistic competency, and collaborates with an extensive network of private and public entities to advance the implementation of these concepts.

National CLAS Standards

The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (The National CLAS Standards) aim to improve health care quality and advance health equity by establishing a framework for organizations to serve the nation's increasingly diverse communities.

National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health

The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) is a network of community-based organizations focused on the mental health and substance use issues of diverse racial and ethnic communities.  The NNED supports information sharing, training, and technical assistance towards the goal of promoting behavioral health equity.

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN)

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). We work at the intersection of movements for social justice and the field of mental health to integrate healing justice into both of these spaces.

Office of Minority Health

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

Race Matters Institute

The Race Matters Institute works toward a more just and vibrant nation where every child, family and community thrives.  For more than a decade they have helped government units, nonprofits, community-based and regional organizations, philanthropies, and state and national networks to become more race-informed and equity-focused in their work.

Their customized training, technical assistance, coaching, and product development advance concrete actions in both operations and programming that strengthen an organization’s mission performance.  They focus specifically on promoting racial equity in organizational strategies, policies, and practices.

Racial Equity Crosswalk Tool

The Annie E. Casey Foundation prepared this tool on targeted and universal strategies to achieve better and more equitable results.

Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large. The Organizational Assessment Tools and Resources section is especially relevant for implementing racial equity and inclusion in organizations.

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program

CCHCP has been providing consulting and assessment services for health care institutions since 1992. Large hospital and university systems, small agencies as well as community coalitions have called upon CCHCP’s expertise to lead their organizations through the demands of changing patient demographics, accreditation standards and funding mechanisms.

Services include: Organizational assessments; Community assessments: using qualitative research methods such as focus groups and key informant interviews to identify trends and areas for improvement; Initiatives: implementing cultural competency initiatives for staff, managers and executives following the National CLAS Standards; Coalition Building: developing state and county wide health coalitions and partnerships.

Western States Center

Based in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States, Western States Center works nationwide to strengthen inclusive democracy so that all people can live, love, and work free from fear.