Cultural Competence Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Resources for Talking to Students About Racism and Police Killings

May 9, 2021 | Nicole Aue

To help educators think about how to discuss cases of racism, race-related violence, and police brutality and how to support Black students and other students of color who may be distraught by what they read and see in the media, Education Week has compiled some resources from its archives and elsewhere.

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Racial Disparities in Youth Incarceration Persist

March 15, 2021 | Nicole Aue

In an era of declining youth incarceration, Black and American Indian youth are still overwhelmingly more likely to be held in custody than their white peers.

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The Availability of Peer Support and Disparities in Outpatient Mental Health Service Use Among Minority Youth with Serious Mental Illness

August 3, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This study looked at whether the availability of peer support reduced disparities in use of outpatient mental health services among youth ages 16–24 with serious mental illness in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Researchers found that peer support was generally associated with an increase in use of outpatient mental health services among Black and Latinx youth.

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Black Suicidality and Mental Health #BlackLivesMatter

June 13, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This blog post breaks down some of the factors that go into rates of black suicide among young people, lists some organizations working specifically on Black mental health and provides resources for further education.

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The Trevor Project Releases Mental Health Guide for Black LGBTQ Youth

June 7, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people, has released a guide to supporting Black LGBTQ youth in dealing with the mental health aftermath of recent violence against Black Americans, as well as additional guidance for providers working with Black LGBTQ youth.

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March 9, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This report from the Congressional Black Caucus responds to the increasing risk for suicide among black youth.

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New: CLAS Toolkit: Advancing Health Equity and Racial Justice in Children’s Behavioral Health

September 11, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A new resource is available to help child- and family-serving organizations develop their own Health Equity Plans to advance health equity and to reduce racial injustice and health disparities within their organizations, services, and communities. Developed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, CHDI, Beacon Health Options, and Health & Equity, LLC, the toolkit is based on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

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New Free E-Learning Program on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

July 10, 2019 | Emily Taylor

The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) is offering a free and accredited e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. The e-learning program, organized into four sections, is designed to develop behavioral health providers’ knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).

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How Coaching Boosts Family Engagement

June 11, 2019 | Emily Taylor

This brief from the Global Family Research Project describes some of the results of the Family and Community Technical Assistance (FACE-TA) project’s TA to Early Head Start sites in California. The brief includes short case studies highlighting the changes implemented as a result of the TA, such as including families in the planning of family engagement activities.

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NIMH Children and Mental Health Resource Available in Spanish

April 9, 2019 | Emily Taylor

A Spanish version of NIMH’s Children and Mental Health brochure,”Los niños y la salud mental,” is now available online. This resource on children’s mental health includes information for parents and other caregivers on when to seek help, evaluation, treatment, choosing a mental health professional and advice on how to work a child’s school as well as other resources.

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