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Office of Mental Health

Cultural Competence

Cultural Competence Research

The enacted Amendment to the 2007 NYS Mental Hygiene Law establishes two Centers of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health. The legislative charge is to identify, assess the outcome, and disseminate best practices of demonstrated behaviors, attitudes, policies and structures that work cross-culturally across varied modalities of care.

Nathan Kline Institute Center for Research on Cultural & Structural Equity (C-CASE) Leaving OMH site

C-CASE conducts research that identifies and develops culturally competent mental health practices. The Center is a resource on cultural groups and cultural competency for:

  • OMH
  • state planners
  • providers
  • consumers
Community representatives, consumers and family members serve on an advisory panel and have input into the Centers projects. The C-CASE is in part of the Division of Social Solutions & Services within NKI. The Institute is affiliated with New York University.

New York State Psychiatric Institute Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence (CECC) Leaving OMH site

The CECC serves as a leader in removing cultural and linguistic barriers in mental health care in New York State. Collaborators include:

  • providers
  • consumers and families
  • community and faith-based organizations
  • policy makers
  • mental health service researchers

The Center, affiliated with OMH and Columbia University, conducts research to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for underserved populations.

Questions related to OMH’s diversity and inclusion efforts should be directed to OMH’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Matthew Canuteson.