General Resources


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 take a deeper dive into clinical considerations of working with various populations. Each new series focuses on a community discussed in an episode of our webinar series, the ABC’s of CLC.

Deconstructing the Mental Health System: Mental Health Directory of BIPOC Therapists & Wellness

This directory from Deconstructing the Mental Health System lists over 200 mental health & cultural wellness professionals who are Black, Black Indigenous, Indigenous, People of Color, and QTPOC & LGBTQIA+ & Affirming Providers serving communities across the country.

Equity Messaging Guidelines for Districts

This page is intended to support districts in communication and engagement related to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. These efforts are under increased scrutiny and potential controversy, and this resource helps districts to be clear, transparent, and unapologetic in their commitment to creating equitable, just, and thriving schools for young people.

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.

HHS Notice and Guidance on Gender Affirming Care, Civil Rights, and Patient Privacy

To help families of transgender and gender nonconforming youth and providers navigate concerns about attempts to portray gender affirming care as abuse, HHS provides additional information on federal civil rights protections and federal health privacy laws that apply to gender affirming care.

Language Access: Interpretation and Mental Health Online Course

COACT Colorado, an initiative of the Colorado Department of Human Services, has released a FREE 2-hour online course, Language Access: Interpretation and Mental Health, for interpreters and mental health professionals. This course highlights background information on interpreting in mental health, the importance of collaboration between interpreters and mental health professionals, considerations for interpreters working in mental health, and considerations for mental health professionals working with interpreters. A certificate of completion is offered. To access the course, visit the COACT supported Cross System Training Institute and register for the course after making an account. 

Letters to Strangers Mental Health Video Series

This video series takes a look at how our personal histories, identities, cultures, and other intersectionalities interact with mental health. 

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. By serving as a national clearinghouse, MHDD helps 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 webpage of resources that help eliminate racial disparities in mental health.

National Center for Lesbian Rights: Legal Helpline

People can call the helpline or fill out a form to get legal guidance on a number of topics, including custody, separation or divorce, immigration and asylum, and more. 

National Center on Cultural Competence at Georgetown University

The Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) provides national leadership and contributes to cultural and linguistic competency knowledge within systems and organizations to promote health and mental health equity.

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 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). NQTTCN works 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.

Promoting the Wellbeing of LGBTQ+ Youth and Their Families

The National SOGIE Center lists evidence-based resources and statements from national organizations in support of LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

Race Matters Institute

The Race Matters Institute works toward a more just and vibrant nation where every child, family, and community thrives. Their customized training, technical assistance, coaching, and product development work to advance concrete actions in both operations and programming that strengthen an organization’s mission performance. Specifically, they promote 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 for marginalized communities.

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.

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