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About the Office

The Office of Health Equity Advancement (OHEA) leads state efforts to provide improved services to all communities in the Commonwealth with a goal of eliminating the disparities in care within the mental health, intellectual disability and substance-use disorder system. 


Read the 2015-2016 Strategic Plan to find out what we are working on.  Is there anything you would like to work on with us? Join us!  Contact us.  


The DBHDS vision for culturally competent care is:

  • Care that is given with understanding of and respect for the consumer’s health-related beliefs and cultural values
  • Staff that respect health related beliefs, interpersonal styles, and attitudes and behaviors of the consumers, families, and communities they serve
  • Administrative, management and clinical operations that include routine assessments and implementation of processes which result in a workforce that is culturally and linguistically competent and a system that provides the highest quality of care to all communities

OCLC's consultation efforts are targeted at supporting cultural competence at the organization level.  Policy and planning is done to develop cultural competence at the system level.  Support for the development of individual cultural competence is provided throughout this Website with FAQs, templates, and information on diverse communities.

OCLC Overview of Services

Levels of CLC


Cultural and linguistic competence is one of the ways to address disparities in care.

Virginia Disparities Dashboard

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Disparities Report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. See Virginia's Dashboard, the snapshot comparison to other states, and Virginia's strongest and weakest measures.

Read more about disparities in behavioral health below.

IOM Disparities Report

How far have we come in Reducing Disparities in Mental Health?

Race and Ethnicity in Mental Health

Unequal Treatment

Find out what organizations are doing to increase equity in care.

APA Disparities Initiative

SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity

National Network to Eliminate Disparities