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Office of Mental Health

Cultural Competence Resources

These resources can help programs and agencies successfully navigate their journey of establishing and infusing linguistic and cultural competence.


  • Culture Clues Leaving OMH site
    Culture Clues™ are tip sheets for clinicians, designed to increase awareness about concepts and preferences of patients from diverse cultures. Produced by University of Washington Medical Center.
  • Ethnomed site Leaving OMH site  Information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and related issues relevant to the health care of recent immigrants to the Unified States,many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.
  • Georgetown University Child and Adolescent National Center for Cultural Competence Leaving OMH site
    The Center provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations.
  • Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity Leaving OMH site
    This 2001 supplement to the Surgeon General's Report provides a framework for better understanding scientific evidence and its implications for eliminating disparities and reinforces how stigma and shame deter many Americans, including racial and ethnic minorities, from seeking treatment.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Leaving OMH site
    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) created the Multicultural Action Center to focus attention on system reform to eliminate disparities in mental health care for diverse communities.
  • National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Leaving OMH site
    The CLAS standards, which are directed at health care organizations,, may also be used by providers to make their practices more culturally and linguistically accessible.
  • Quality Health Care for Hispanics: The Culturally Competence Component Leaving OMH site
    This publication distills information health care providers may need to assure delivery of the best possible care to Hispanic clients in a variety of clinical, prevention, and social service settings.



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