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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Project

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Purpose of the Project

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Project is a collaborative effort of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (NTAC). NTAC is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to support the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. This program, referred to as the Child Mental Health Initiative, is managed by the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, CMHS. It promotes the development of systems of care to provide services and supports to children and youth with or at risk for developing serious emotional disturbances and their families. More information about this program can be found at the Systems of Care website – http://www.systemsofcare.samhsa.gov.

The NTAC and NCCC collaborate to conduct a range of activities to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence in the broad range of programs, organizations, systems, and constituents concerned with child and adolescent mental health These activities are consist with SAMHSA’s goal to transform the mental health care system as declared by the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2003 and described in Transforming Mental Health Care in America: The Federal Action Agenda: First Stepsin 2005. Activities are designed to enhance capacity within communities, organizations and systems to: (1) address the relationship between culture, language, and effective mental health services and supports; (2) provide services and supports that are adapted to the cultural and linguistic contexts of communities, and (3) contribute to the efforts to eliminate racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities.

The NCCC provides training, technical assistance, and consultation on cultural and linguistic competence:

  • to localities, states, tribes, territories, system of care communities, family organizations and the field of child and adolescent mental health;
  • to support and sustain leadership at the national, state, and community levels; and
  • as one component of a multifaceted strategy to eliminate racial, ethnic and geographical disparities.

Circle LogoGoal of the Project

The goal of this project is to enhance the capacity to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence within mental health care systems serving children and youth with or at risk for serious emotional disturbance and their families; thereby contributing to the goal to eliminate racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities.

What We Do

Conceptual frameworks, models, guiding values and principles espoused by the NCCC serve as the foundation for this project. The project employs four major approaches to accomplish its goal.

  • Technical Assistance. Technical assistance and training activities are provided to child and adolescent mental health programs. This includes special attention to states that received the Child Adolescent Co-occurring Disorders State Infrastructure Grants from the Center for Mental Health Services and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • Collaboration. An array of collaborative activities are conducted under the auspices of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch’s Council on Collaboration and Coordination, and other allied organizations to incorporate cultural and linguistic competence into technical assistance, research, evaluation, and training activities. A collaborative effort is being forged with the Child, Youth and Family Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors to create strategies that advance cultural and linguistic competence.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge. Significant emphasis is placed on developing guides, policy briefs, practice briefs, curricula, and other resources to contribute to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competence. Specific areas of focus include: (1) organizational change, (2) processes for self assessment (organizational and individual levels), (3) leadership, (4) workforce development, (5) policy development, and (6) approaches to translate theory into practice.
  • Dissemination. Several strategies are used to disseminate knowledge and resources to key stakeholders and constituencies concerned with child and adolescent mental health. The NCCC’s Web site is a primary vehicle for information dissemination. It offers many features such as Promising Practices, Resource Database, Consultant Pool, Spanish Language Portal, and Curricula Enhancement Modules. Community of Learners is a strategy that is facilitated by the NCCC which provides structured group processes to support peer learning on specific aspects related to advancing and sustaining cultural and linguistic competence.

Project Partners

One of the primary tasks of the Project is to work with an array of the technical assistance partners under the auspices of the Council on Collaboration and Coordination (CCC) to accomplish goals and objectives.

"The Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), has enlisted the Council on Collaboration and Coordination (CCC) to provide ongoing support to CMHS funded community system of care program sites. The mission of the CCC is to help CMHS program sites envision and implement comprehensive systems of care for children and their families, through a team process of collaboration, which puts the communities at the center of a coordinated approach to technical assistance and support. The CCC will work with the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch to transform the mental health system for children and their families as described in the President’s New Freedom Commission report, Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America (2003)."

From http://www.systemsofcare.samhsa.gov/rightmenus/docsRM/workplanintro.doc

These partners are:

Selected NCCC Products and Resources

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