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Learning Community Opportunity: Examining the Implementation of the National CLAS Standards in Behavioral Health Systems


We are seeking 20 individuals from state, territorial, and tribal level behavioral health systems who are committed to making a difference by implementing cultural and linguistic competency!

Members of state, territorial, and tribal level behavioral health organizations are invited to apply to participate in a free, interactive Learning Community on the implementation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health’s (OMH) National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care or the National CLAS Standards. The Learning Community begins in May, 2014 and ends in May, 2015.

This Learning Community will provide you with an opportunity to engage in collaborative learning about implementing the National CLAS Standards in a behavioral health setting. Through participating in interactive learning sessions, you will gain an in-depth understanding of each Standard and work together with other Learning Community members to develop strategies for implementation. You will then have the opportunity to try out the strategies and share your outcomes and experiences during subsequent learning sessions.

As a participant in the Learning Community, you will:

  • Develop a detailed knowledge base of the National CLAS Standards,
  • Generate and learn valuable implementation strategies to meet the unique needs of the behavioral health systems,
  • Identify common barriers, challenges, and practical solutions to implementation of the National CLAS Standards, and
  • Strengthen your capacity to meet SAMHSA grant expectations regarding National CLAS Standards.

This Learning Community opportunity is specifically for state, territorial, and tribal level behavioral health organizations. This includes:

  • The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinators’ Network for State and Territorial Mental Health Services (State CLC Network) members,
  • Project Directors and CLC Coordinators in System of Care Community Grants, SOC Expansion Planning Grants and SOC Expansion Implementation Grants;
  • State, Territorial, or Tribal Family-run Organizations,
  • State, Territorial, or Tribal Youth-run Organizations,
  • Managed Care Organizations or Care Management Entities,  or
  • Other similar organizations.

The Learning Community will use distance technology to convene via interactive, web-based learning sessions, seven (7) times on a bimonthly basis over 12 months (May 2014 – May 2015). These interactive learning sessions will be facilitated by: 

  •  The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, which provides training and technical assistance to child, youth, and family serving systems on cultural and linguistic competence and disparities in behavioral health.
  • The Health Determinants & Disparities Practice at SRA International, Inc., which serves as the management team that led the enhancement of National CLAS Standards released in 2013, and maintain the Think Cultural Health initiative on behalf of the HHS Office of Minority Health.

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) supports this Learning Community on the Implementation of the National CLAS Standards in Behavioral Health and encourages applications. NASMHPD will participate throughout the process and will help disseminate lessons learned.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity, please complete the application here. Since the process of learning and implementation is enhanced when there is mutual support available within a system, we encourage applicants to identify and apply with another state behavioral health system colleague (Note: Colleagues should work in the same state, but do not have to work in the same organization).  

Applications are due by Wednesday April 30th at 5pm (EDT) and you will be notified by May 9th. Click here to access the application. If you are unable to access the online form: Please download it here.

If you have question or would like more information, please contact Vivian Jackson at vhj@georgetown.edu or Crystal L. Barksdale at crystal_barksdale@sra.com

Sincerely,

Vivian H. Jackson
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

C. Godfrey Jacobs, Crystal L. Barksdale, Darci L. Graves
Health Determinants & Disparities Practice, SRA International

Kathy Parker
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors