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Office of Mental Health

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Learning Units Curriculum

The curriculum page was created to support the work function of the Bureau of Cultural Competence (BCC) to reduce behavioral health disparities through training and technical support. In addition, to support OMH Vision:

"The New York State Office of Mental Health will work toward a more effective public mental health system, which values recovery, hope, excellence, respect, and safety."

To accomplish the OMH Vision, the BCC works in collaboration with Centers of Excellence for Cultural Competence (CECC). The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) designated the OMH Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) in Orangeburg, NY and the OMH New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) in New York City as CECC Centers. The CECC is legislatively (2007) charged to identify, assess the outcome, and disseminate best practices of demonstrated behaviors, attitudes, policies and structures that work effectively cross-culturally across modalities of care. The BCC works in collaboration with the CECCs who are responsible for the advancement of research for people of color and underserved populations.

The BCC also utilizes behavioral health experts and organizations within New York State and outside of New York State to provide education and training resources that supports OMH vision that infuses cultural and linguistic competency in this endeavor.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Bureau of Cultural Competence.