MHTTC Cultural Responsiveness Resources and Products
To access more MHTTC trainings, events, products, and resources with a focus on cultural responsiveness and other relevant topic areas, visit the MHTTC Training and Events Calendar and Products and Resources Catalog. In the search field, you may enter keywords such as 'culture', 'equity', 'diversity', and 'disparities' to filter your search.
Expanding workforce diversity is a critical strategy to support improved access to health and health care for communities of color. To support this work, the PS MHTTC created a self-assessment tool to help mental health organizations explore their implementation of workforce diversity strategies.
- Self-assessment tool: Assessing Workforce Diversity: A Tool for Mental Health Organizations on the Path to Health Equity
- Webinar recording
This workshop explores each of the tool's six key domains to build workforce diversity:
- Leadership and Governance
- Orientation, Onboarding, and Ongoing Training
- Retention and Professional Development
- Partnership and Community Goals
This workshop outlines the purpose of these areas in strengthening workforce diversity and explore the different issues that require attention.
African American boys age 5-12 are more likely than any other age group to succumb to suicide. It is imperative that we unite to both fully illuminate and mitigate this situation. With rates nearly doubling between 1993 and 2012, suicide is now the third leading cause of death among African American youth (Bridge et al., 2015; CDC, 2014). The Central East MHTTC will continue its efforts to increase the awareness, skills and knowledge of behavioral and primary care practitioners by providing training, position papers, infographics and other resources.
This brief identifies issues to consider when conducting mental health services and supports through telehealth with culturally diverse communities and provides strategies to ensure that the national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards continue to drive efforts towards culturally competent care.
Culture is Prevention: Postcards Series. A Collaboration between the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC and the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC
Practicing one's culture promotes well-being. In this series, we explore how Latinx and Native people use cultural elements such as community pride, family, spirituality, and resiliency to live safe, happy, and healthy lives.
This fact sheet is produced by the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC and is based on the webinar Cultural Humility: Where Being Human Matters in Serving Others. The current sociocultural climate and discourse in the United States elucidate the importance of understanding our humanity while fostering deeper cross-cultural relationships. As the nation demographically represents a multitude of cultures, our ability to engage in thoughtful and meaningful discussions on cultural issues, remains ever-present. This fact sheet describes why and how cultural humility matters in our work as service providers, the current literature on color-blind racial ideology, and implicit bias. The fact sheet mentions the importance of understanding one’s own limitations in ideologies as a way to enhance our service as cultural workers, both personally and professionally.
Esta hoja informativa describe por qué y cómo la humildad cultural es importante en nuestro trabajo como proveedores de servicios, la literatura actual sobre ideología racial daltónica y prejuicios implícitos. La hoja informativa menciona la importancia de comprender las propias limitaciones de las ideologías como una forma de mejorar nuestro servicio como trabajadores culturales, tanto personal como profesionalmente.
Join the Conversation: Culturally Responsive Evidence-Based and Community Defined Practices For Mental Health | A Listening Series
The MHTTC Cultural Responsiveness Working Group (CRWG) aims to disseminate culturally appropriate information and provide technical assistance for the mental health field to improve access to culturally responsive mental health services. The CRWG recognizes the importance of Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) in the work across the MHTTC Network, as well as acknowledging and promoting culturally inclusive mental health practices that exist in the mental health field. To explore this topic further, the CRWG is conducted a six-part series of 90-minute listening sessions around numerous culturally responsive evidence-based and community defined practices.
Each July, several mental health organizations across the country shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences within communities of color, including Black and Indigenous people, and others that face disproportionate inequities due to systemic barriers and historical adversity.
Mental Health Issues among Older Hispanic and Latino Adults in the United States is a fact sheet based on the webinar; Older Latinos in the U.S.: Mental Health Issues provided by Bernardo Ng, MD. Latino older adults are considered heterogenic and are underrepresented in research, posing challenges for practitioners. Some of the most prevalent mental health disorders among older Latinos include depression, neurocognitive disorders due to Alzheimer´s disease, and other neurocognitive disorders. Mental health clinicians serving older Latinos should consider the use of translators, interpreters, or having access to Spanish-speaking professionals for monolingual clients. Also, they can increase health literacy by creating and disseminating educational materials in Spanish or other dialects. Clinicians interested in offering services to Latinos should assess their own level of cultural responsiveness regarding Hispanic and Latino cultures.
The MHTTC Network uses affirming, respectful and recovery-oriented language in all their activities. The Network's full statement on recovery-oriented language is available.
The Mental Health and Equity Coordination Group, part of the MHTTC Network, developed an equity definition that posits an integrated focus that supports promotion of wellness, access to healing, and the resilience of the individual, community, and the systems that serve them.
The National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC works with organizations and treatment practitioners involved in the delivery of mental health services to AI/AN individuals, families, and tribal and urban Indian communities to strengthen their capacity to deliver effective evidence-based practices and experience-based practices to individuals, including the full continuum of services spanning mental illness prevention, treatment, and recovery support. You will find many helpful resources on the website.
The National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC will serve as a key subject matter expert and resource for workforce and community development across the U.S. and its territories to ensure that high-quality, effective mental health treatment and recovery support services, and evidence-based and promising practices are available to help reduce health disparities among Hispanics and Latinos experiencing mental disorders, in particular, those with serious mental illness.
With an emphasis on early psychosis, this brief reviews clinical and organizational best practices to promote culturally and linguistically responsive care, with a focus on Latinx sub-populations.
This webinar addresses culturally and linguistically responsive care, with an emphasis on Latinx sub-populations. Implications for practice and research applicable to multiple service settings with varying service sectors are discussed.
Northwest MHTTC Practice Brief: Cultural Considerations in Applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups with Serious Mental Illness
This practice brief is intended to help clinicians —particularly those who administer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for individuals with serious mental illness—to enhance their cultural awareness and incorporate culturally-relevant practices into their formulation and treatment approach.
Northwest MHTTC: Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care Through Practice and Policy
What do we understand about interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in access to mental health care? View this webinar recording for a look at integrated care and policy interventions that support equity in mental health care delivery. This presentation illustrated an historical perspective on mental health policy and race-based inequities, and how to reduce these disparities. Clinicians will learn deeply why they need to understand why and how systemic racism influences decisions to seek care or avoid care.
Strategies for Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Pacific Southwest's (HHS Region 9) Mental Health Workforce
This guide provides practical strategies for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in your mental health organization or agency. Highlighting the specific cultures and communities of the Pacific Southwest region, this guide includes concrete examples, tools, and research-informed strategies. The guide is organized into three sections: recruitment, hiring, and retention. Each section includes a series of recommendations to help employers develop and maintain a workforce that is reflective of diverse communities and responsive to their needs.
Resources on the topic of race in behavioral health, substance use and prevention, children and adolescents, and discrimination and privilege.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted already existing inequities and disparities in health and behavioral health issues, and in access to and receipt of effective healthcare for some populations in the US. The MHTTC develops events and resources to address disparities in receipt of effective mental health services, on topics such as workforce diversity, cultural and structural competence, and provision of culturally appropriate services, as well as mental health effects of social determinants of health, racism, and discrimination. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also developing events and resources specific to the differential effects of COVID-19 on mental health care for specific populations. Here, we highlight MHTTC training and technical assistance products and resources related to disparities, as well as a compilation of resources from other reputable organizations.
The Region 7 Mid-America Technology Transfer Centers (TTCs) recognize that Black communities in our country are hurting as the result of violence, bigotry and racism. Racism and discrimination are associated with dire behavioral and physical health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. We know that disparities in equitable access to services and resources perpetuate these issues. Across the Mid-America region, we commit to collectively increasing our efforts to develop a collaborative plan with our community partners to be part of a solution to promote equity, safety and health for our communities. As a start to our efforts to promote behavioral health equity for all, we have compiled some resources that may support you in your work.