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National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

What are the National CLAS Standards? 

The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS  Standards) are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Adoption of these Standards will help advance better health and health care in the United States.

In 2010, DBHDS adopted the Standards as the framework for planning culturally and linguistically relevant services in Virginia's service system.  Policies, guidance, programs, and training are organized to align with the 15 standards in effort to provide clear and comprehensive approach to planning in the Commonwealth.

CLAS- The National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

What do the CLAS Standards Mean for Behavioral Health?

The CLAS Roadmap