ERIC Number: ED345393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care. Volume II: Programs Which Utilize Culturally Competent Principles.
Isaacs, Mareasa R.; Benjamin, Marva P.
This monograph was developed to assist states and communities in planning, designing, and implementing culturally competent systems of care for children with serious emotional disturbances. It highlights the culturally competent aspects of 11 programs serving people of color. Each program targets at least one of the four major ethnic minority groups in the United States and involves cooperative services from more than one system. The programs were identified as a result of a nationwide survey and site visits. Chapter I presents background information including the changing demographics of the United States and principles of cultural competence. Chapter II focuses on six basic questions such as who defines mental health and illness, accessibility of mental health services to ethnic minorities, intervention methods, and evaluation of outcomes. Other issues examined include program philosophy and policies, program location, types of services offered, cultural assessments, ethnic-specific staffing patterns, service linkages, and treatment goals and evaluation. Chapter III summarizes critical aspects of the cultural competency model. Chapter IV contains the program descriptions of the 11 programs. For each program, the following information is presented: a history and identification of the agency, a community description, the target population, program philosophy and goals, type of services, funding strategies, evaluation mechanisms, and how cultural competence principles are addressed. Appendices provide administrative forms, profiles of programs/agencies not site visited, a list of participating agencies, and a list of faculty of the Culturally Competent Training Institute. (80 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Programs, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Ethnic Groups, Evaluation Methods, Mental Health Programs, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation
CASSP Technical Assistance Center, Center for Child Health and Mental Health Policy, Georgetown University Child Development Center, 3800 Reservoir Road N.W., Washington, DC 20007.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Child and Adolescent Service System Program.
Authoring Institution: Georgetown Univ. Child Development Center, Washington, DC. CASSP Technical Assistance Center.
Note: For Volume I, "Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care: A Monograph on Effective Services for Minority Children Who Are Severely Emotionally Disturbed," see ED 330 171.