Improving Quality and Access to Integrated Care for Racially Diverse and Limited English Proficiency Communities

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) is dedicated to providing practical tools and resources to the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care settings.

In 2013 CIHS has hosted 33 webinars on a range of topics of interest to behavioral health and primary care providers. This webinar has the following learning objectives:

  • Identify persistent challenges faced by racially diverse and ethnic minority populations in accessing and receiving behavioral health services (both mental health and substance abuse) and how medical professionals can more effectively engage the community in services and health promotion efforts utilizing culturally and linguistically appropriate service delivery.
  • Describe the role of cultural and linguistic competency in integrated care and how the recently released U.S. Department of Health and Human Services enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care standards provides a needed framework for practitioners and agencies.
  • Discuss the recommendations related to the delivery of integrated health care services to racially diverse and ethnic minority communities as outlined in the Hogg Foundation/Office of Minority Health Consensus Report on Integrated health Care for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, including Limited English Proficiency Populations.

Population of focus: Health care providers

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Date: 2013

Organization: SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions