ERIC Number: ED463465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Challenge: Ending Treatment Disparities for Women of Color. A Background Paper.
Coridan, Cathi; O'Connell, Cara
Since women are more likely than men to experience co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems, they have a greater need for comprehensive treatment models. Additionally, women of color often have less access to routine medical care where early diagnosis and intervention can be done, so their mental health and substance abuse problems are often more developed and complicated. Culturally sensitive social service practice is believed to increase many aspects of care including mutual communication, utilization of services, treatment effectiveness, and consumer satisfaction. Following background information on the problem of mental health disorders and substance abuse addictions in minority women, a discussion is included on the stigma surrounding women of color who have mental health or substance abuse problems. Service delivery and treatment program issues are reviewed followed by action steps communities can take to help address these problems. (Contains 88 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Community Action, Community Health Services, Comprehensive Programs, Counseling, Cross Cultural Training, Delivery Systems, Females, Health Needs, Intercultural Communication, Mental Health, Minority Groups, Substance Abuse
National Mental Health Association, 1021 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-433-5959 (Toll Free); TTY: 800-433-5959 (Toll Free); Fax: 703-684-5968. For full text: http://www.nmha.org/substance/women_disparities.cfm.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.; National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Mental Health Association, Alexandria, VA.