Cultural competency is critical to reducing health disparities
and improving access to high-quality health care, health care
that is respectful of and responsive to the needs of diverse
patients. When developed and implemented as a framework, cultural
competence enables systems, agencies, and groups of professionals
to function effectively to understand the needs of groups
accessing health information and health care—or participating in
research-in an inclusive partnership where the provider and the
user of the information meet on common ground.
In response to the call for national action to reduce mental
health disparities and seek solutions for historically
underserved communities in California, the Department
of Mental Health (DMH), in partnership with Mental
Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
(MHSOAC), and in coordination with California Mental
Health Directors Association (CMHDA) and the
California Mental Health Planning Council, have called for a key
statewide policy initiative as a means to improve access,
quality of care, and increase positiveo
Building Partnerships: The California Department of Mental Health
supported a statewide community engagement project conducted by
the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD). Under
the leadership of Dr.
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.