Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC)

Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC) is critical to reducing behavioral health disparities and improving access to high-quality behavioral health care — health care that is respectful of and responsive to the needs of our diverse children, youth and families.

CLC focuses on the cultural complexities, rich diversity, and cultural strengths and challenges that exist in states and communities and impact the delivery of services for children, youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families. Our work in this area focuses on the strategies and resources needed to respond to changing demographics and fluid social climates with the goal of reducing, eliminating and preventing discrimination and inequities in behavioral health care.

Our Technical Assistance (TA) Strategies

  • TA Tools: As needed, field-generated and/or community specific
  • Resource Briefs: Quarterly publications reflecting inquiries and themes from the field
  • Spotlight On…: Quarterly publications highlighting new resources and experts
  • CLC Library: Resources for Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities: 24/7 access to vetted publications, articles, training curricula, webinars, etc.
  • Monthly Minutes: Animated, two-minute topical overviews
  • Peer Learning Exchanges: Monthly calls featuring facilitated discussions on field-generated and community specific topics
  • Rapid Response: Answers to questions and other requests from individual states, communities and others within two days
  • Small and Large Group Meetings: Convenings of diverse stakeholders or affinity groups with expert panels and peer learning at state and local levels
  • Learning Communities: Forums for discussion about specific populations of focus who experience inequities in behavioral health care access, treatment and outcomes