Cultural Competency

Cultural Competency

Cultural and Linguistic Competency is an integral part of the Mental Health Plan's (MHP) day-to-day management and public initiative. This commitment is achieved through a variety of training/educational sessions, policy development, community engagement and assessment, and on-going collaborative involvement with the diverse community members, consumers and their family members, and stakeholders, as identified by the mental health community priority needs assessments.

The MHP has a Cultural Competency Committee (MHP-CCC) that comprises former and current advocates, consumers, family members of participants in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs programs, cultural brokers, mental health providers, and community members. The committee meets periodically to: plan, organize, discuss, and implement training; to review and evaluate data reports collected by the MHP; and to identify and discuss outreach and engagement efforts of community-driven health and cultural events, conferences, and other outreach opportunities open for participation. The committee also reviews and interprets relevant policies, legislation, and documents related to cultural competence.

Related Documents and Links

Community Program Planning Process
Community Program Planning Process

Click here to view the policy outlining the Tulare County Mental Health Branch Community Program Planning Process for Mental Health Services Act Three-Year Integrated Program and Expenditure Plans and Annual Updates.

Cultural Competency Committee
Cultural Competency Committee

Click to view the policy that specifies the structure, role, and responsibilities of the Mental Health Cultural Competency Committee. 

Cultural Competency Standards
Cultural Competency Standards

The Tulare County Mental Health Plan (MHP) shall monitor, review, and comply with state and federal regulations and ensure that quality services are being provided to consumers in a culturally and linguistically aware manner.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Cultural and Linguistic Competency

This policy defines the principles of cultural and linguistic competency accepted by the Health & Human Services Agency and establishes the foundation for integrating cultural and linguistic competency into its values and daily services.

Glossary of Behavioral Health Terms
Glossary of Behavioral Health Terms

The Behavioral Health Services Glossary of Terms are used in interpreting clinical settings.