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The Mental Health Service Act and Latinas/os Rachel G. Guerrero Chief, Office of Multicultural Services California Department of Mental Health June 5, 2008 (916) 654-2323 Rachel.Guerrero@dmh.ca.gov Supporting Counties’ Focus on Underserved Communities Throughout MHSA implementation, the California Department of Mental Health has supported counties’ efforts to eliminate ethnic disparities in accessibility, availability, and appropriateness of mental health services. MHSA Plan Requirements We sought targeted input on requirements from our Cultural Competency Advisory Committee. We convened statewide stakeholder meetings, some of which included interpreters. We worked with county Ethnic Services Managers to bring diverse voices to statewide meetings. We funded community organizations to bring voices, including multicultural communities, to statewide meetings. MHSA Outreach, Engagement, and Direct Services For the first time ever, counties have resources to outreach and expand services to Latinas/os and other underserved communities. For example, counties must document: – How they insured stakeholder participation reflected local demographics. – Their current racial/ethnic disparities in access to services or over-representation in homeless population, criminal justice or foster care systems, school drop-outs MHSA Outreach, Engagement, and Direct Services, cont. Mental health services may be integrated with physical health care, or into ethnic- specific CBOs. More than half of Prevention & Early Intervention services must serve children. – Latino children are the fastest growing population Workforce Education & Training funds developing training and pathways, including hiring diverse consumers and family members. Next Steps Funding a multicultural coalition and developing a strategic plan ($1.5 million) to inform a four-year statewide effort on Ethnically and Culturally Specific Programs, including the Latina/o community ($60 million). Developing a strategic plan to address stigma and discrimination to inform a four-year statewide effort ($60 million). Moving toward an integrated mental health system. – Streamlined MHSA plans and reporting. – Cultural competence embedded throughout.
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