Have you visited the NNED yet? The NNED stands for the National Network to Eliminate Disparities (NNED) in Behavioral Health and was formed with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with the National Alliance of Multi-ethnic Behavioral Health Associations (NAMBHA). The NNED supports information sharing, training and technical assistance among organizations and communities dedicated to the behavioral health and well-being of diverse communities.  The NNED focuses on identifying and linking "pockets of excellence" in reducing disparities and promoting behavioral health equity with an emphasis on not "reinventing the wheel" - something we are all for! Plus - the NNED has a very cool website... Check it out here.

Listed below are cultural competence resources submitted by Children's Mental Health Network members:

Risk and Protective Factors in Native American Youth
Friesen, B. J., Cross, T., Gowen, K., Bandurraga, A., Maher, N., & John, L. (2009). Risk and Protective Factors in Native American Youth: A Preliminary Analysis. Presented at the 27th Annual Protection Our Children National Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Reno, NV, April 2009.

Organizational Cultural Competence: A Review of Assessment Protocols
Organizational Cultural Competence: A Review of Assessment Protocols contributes to understanding how cultural competence is currently operationalized and measured at the organizational level.

Examining the Research Base Supporting Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services
Examining the Research Base Supporting Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services shares results of an in-depth literature review which will become the basis of an attempt to operationalize cultural competence, with the eventual result being an organizational cultural competence assessment tool. This review identifies and describes organizational factors associated with increased access for ethnically/racial diverse children and their families to quality mental health services and supports.

Creating a Front Porch: Strategies for Improving Access to Mental Health Services
Creating a Front Porch: Strategies for Improving Access to Mental Health Services shares results of interviews conducted with personnel from selected organizations and focuses on key practices that were reported to increase accessibility of mental health services for underserved populations. It includes a description of each of the target populations served by the participating study sites, as well as information about the history and context of, and general service delivery information for each organization.

Cultural Competency Self-Assessment Checklist
Back in 2002 the Show Me Kids project was working on a cultural competence self assessment checklist. Utilizing the work of Tawara Goode, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development-University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service, here is what they came up with.

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