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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.

New York State Centers of Excellence for Cultural Competence Nathan Kline Institute Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health Leaving OMH site
NKI conducts research that identifies and develops culturally competent mental health practices. The Center creates valid and reliable measures of the cultural competency of practices and organizational structures. NKI is an informational resource on cultural groups and cultural competency to the bureaus of the OMH, and state planners, providers and consumers. Community representatives, consumers and family members serve on an advisory panel and have input into the Centers projects. Center collaborators include the NYS Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Psychiatric Institute Center of Excellence in Cultural Competence, NKI Center for the Study of Recovery in Social Contexts along with the NKI/NYU clinical affiliates. The NKI Center is housed in the Statistical and Services Research Division of the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. The Institute is affiliated with New York University.
New York State Psychiatric Institute Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence New York State Psychiatric Institute Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence Leaving OMH site
The Center addresses the growing need for culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health care and service integration. It collaborates with providers, consumers and families, community and faith-based organizations, policy makers, and mental health service researchers to develop, adapt, and evaluate evidence-based approaches aimed at improving access to and the quality of mental health services to underserved populations throughout the State. The Center is studying cultural brokering and language interpreter services and striving to enhance early intervention, engagement for culturally diverse families whose children have serious emotional disturbances. The Center is affiliated with the Office of Mental Health and Columbia University.

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