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Resources for Behaviorah Health Providers

There is increasing motivation among behavioral health and developmental disability service providers to understand culture and ethnicity factors in order to provide appropriate services. This increased motivation for improving quality of services to ethnic and culturally diverse populations is attributable to the growing political and social presence of diverse cultural groups in the larger society, a growing knowledge of how culture impacts behaviors and engagement, and expectation of licensing and accreditation entities. Tools are also being developed to assist clinicians explore culture and adapt practices for improved outcomes.

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Approaches to Mental Health Prevention and Treatment

Culturally Informed Practices in Developmental Disability Services

Although many of the concepts and principles of cultural competence cross service delivery sectors, there is much less research and practical material related to the developmental/intellectual disability services sector.

For this reason, the OHEA has a special page dedicated to identifying specific resources for such resources. We will continue to add resources to this page as they are discovered. Explore here

The Impact of Culture & Language on Substance Abuse Treatment

Culture is important in substance abuse treatment because clients' experiences of culture precede and influence their clinical experience. Treatment setting, coping styles, social supports, stigma attached to substance use disorders, even whether an individual seeks help—all are influenced by a client's culture. Culture needs to be understood as a broad concept that refers to a shared set of beliefs, norms, and values among any group of people, whether based on ethnicity or on a shared affiliation and identity.

In this broad sense, substance abuse treatment professionals can be said to have a shared culture, based on the Western world view and on the scientific method, with common beliefs about the relationships among the body, mind, and environment (Jezewski and Sotnik 2001). Treating a client from outside the prevailing United States culture involves understanding the client's culture and can entail mediating among U.S. culture, treatment culture, and the client's culture. In the links below, you can explore a variety of articles and topics related to substance use disorders, treatment, and additional stressors encountered by multicultural populations who struggle with substance use disorders.