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What do the new CLAS Standards mean for behavioral health?

August 16, 2013

Network favorite Larke Huang reviews what the National Standards for Culturally and Linguisitically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS standards) mean for behavioral healthcare systems and practitioners. In April, the HHS’ Office of Minority Health unveiled the enhanced CLAS Standards, expanding the definition and scope of the first CLAS standards issued in 2000. The CLAS standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate healthcare disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and healthcare organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

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