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CLAS Matters!

10:00am - November 9, 2020 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
Registration Deadline: November 6, 2020
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A three-part training on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care.  Participants MUST attend all three sessions to earn CEUs. 

Intended Audience: Behavioral Health Workforce. CEU credits will be offered for full attendance.

This interactive training will help participants learn about the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), and how they can be implemented to improve culturally informed care, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and advance equity and inclusion in behavioral health care.

There is a limited capacity for this training.


  1. Discuss the rationale for culturally-informed practice in behavioral health settings.
  2. Define health equity and inclusion and how they correlate to patient and provider challenges in service delivery.
  3. State benefits of integrating CLAS in potential technological approaches to patient care and support.
  4. Assess your role in implementing the National CLAS Standards.
  5. Identify strategies to help clients achieve their full health potential.

Intended Audience: Behavioral Health Workforce


Diana PidillaDiana Padilla is a Research Project Manager at NYSPI, Columbia University Medical Center, facilitates the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Intensive Technical Assistance and Implementation program. She is a Senior Trainer for the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Transfer Technology Center Network. Ms. Padilla  has worked in public health for over 22 years with a major focus on diversity and issues of culture.  As such, she is a member and advocate of the ATTC Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Standards committee. With more than 22 years of public health service, she instructs behavioral health professionals, prevention specialists, and drug court practitioners on addiction and recovery support best practices.



Alfredo CerratoAlfredo Cerrato is the Senior Cultural and Workforce Development Officer for the Great Lakes Mental Health, Addiction, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers. He is also a nationally-certified trainer on Culture: An Integral Part of Mental Health Services for Hispanic and Latino Populations. Mr. Cerrato has 25 years of international relations and development experience and specializes in cross-cultural communications, cultural dynamics, conflict resolution, and process improvement topics. His international work includes building orphan care models for children and the elderly in housing, healthcare, and economic aid. In addition, he has conducted advocacy, policy, and disaster relief work in Northern Ireland, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Japan, Sri Lanka, and other locations across the globe, producing innovative models of care for underrepresented populations.  Mr. Cerrato’s work at the Great Lakes projects focuses on working with Hmong, Hispanic and Latino, African American, and Native American communities.

CEU credits will be offered for full attendance.