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Cultural & Linguistic Competency

The Cultural & Linguistic Competency (CLC) initiative of the Division of Mental Health & Addiction (DMHA) represents the needs of individuals and groups who are typically unserved or underserved by the State’s public mental/behavioral health and addiction systems.

CLC is meant to address the needs of unserved or underserved populations which are linked together by common factors such as issues with poverty, mobility, housing, education, disability, inadequate insurance, lack of insurance, lack of access to services, etc.

Populations of focus

Populations of focus that overall are unserved or underserved include, but are not limited to:

Rural Communities; Women and Girls; Older Adults; Children and Youth; Veterans; Formerly Incarcerated Individuals; Youth Transitioning out of Residential Services; LGBTQ+ Communities (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning); Ethnic/Racial Minority Populations, including African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/x, Asian American, Native American/American Indian, and Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; Populations experiencing Homelessness and/or Human Trafficking; Deaf or Hard of Hearing Communities; Populations with Cognitive/ Developmental or Physical Disabilities; Migrant Workers; Immigrant and Refugee Populations; and Populations with Chronic Diseases or Disorders.

Ongoing Activities Addressing the Needs of Unserved or Underserved Populations

Cultural Competency Enhancement Project: The goal of the Cultural Competency Enhancement Project (CCEP) since 1996 has been to provide training services and technical assistance for Community Mental Health Centers and addiction providers throughout Indiana. Training services are designed to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency in providing culturally competent services. DMHA has contracted with various vendors over the years to provide cultural competency training webinars to providers throughout Indiana. DMHA also funds and supports the Annual Statewide Cultural Competency Conference.

CLC Partnerships and Collaborations

CLC partnerships and collaborations include, but are not limited to:

  • Indiana System of Care Governance Board & Youth and Family Sub-Committee (External Advisory Groups)
  • LGBTQ+ Committee (External Advisory Group)
  • Health Disparity & CLC Committee (Internal Advisory Group)
  • Indiana Disproportionality Committee (IDC)
  • Indiana Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs (ICHLA)
  • Indiana State Department of Health Office of Minority Health & Minority Health Partners
  • Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC)
  • Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), Race, Equity & Inclusion (REI) Workgroup
  • Interagency State Council on Black & Minority Health Commission
  • Indiana Youth Institute (IYI)

DMHA continues to expand its ongoing network of relationships among consumers, peer supports, family members, providers, community organizations, and advocates.

For more information, contact Brenda.Graves-Croom@fssa.in.gov