Cultural and Linguistic Competence and Eliminating Disparities Work Group


There are two main charges to the group.

  1. To provide consultation and technical assistance to the CCC and the CAFB on issues related to cultural and linguistic competence and eliminating disparities in mental health and mental health care.
  2. To share information about and coordinate initiatives and efforts that address cultural and linguistic competence and the elimination of mental health and mental health care disparities that impact children, youth and their families, and systems of care  within the U.S. its territories and tribal communities.

Member Responsibilities and Expectations

The members are expected to:

  • Participate in monthly meetings, convened via conference, and share and provide information on an array of efforts that advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence broadly within systems of care and those that address the elimination of mental health and mental health care disparities for children, youth, their families, and the communities in which they live.
  • Participate in work group activities that involve consultation or technical assistance to the CCC and CAFB or which respond to an identified need within the field.  Participation is voluntary based on available time, expertise, and resources. 

Current Membership

Tawara Goode (Chair), Jami Bartgis, Melissa Clyde, Karen Francis, Sylvia Fisher, Tawara Goode, Phyllis Gyamfi, Andy Hunt, Vivian Jackson, Ken Martinez, Jeff Poirier, Maria Rodriguez, Sai-Ling San-Chew, Euphemia Strauchn, and Susan Stromberg

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are convened via teleconference the first Wednesday of every month at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Current Work Plan

The following are work group activities for 2009 which are in various stages of implementation.

  1. Conduct a defined set of activities to support leadership for cultural and linguistic competence within systems of care with the primary focus being Principal Investigators and Project Directors.
  2. Plan and implement an array of activities that support site visit coordinators to address cultural and linguistic competence effectively in their reviews.  This may include, but is not limited to, a dialog with the site visit coordinators during the Anaheim meeting (or other meetings or conference calls) to elicit issues they have observed and documented in during their reviews and what assistance they may need related to addressing cultural and linguistic competence.  Information will be used to gauge the need for and type of technical assistance efforts that can be provided by the Branch, work group, or others to support site visit coordinators in this area. 
  3. Serve as a “broker” on the multiple efforts within SAMHSA that address cultural and linguistic competence and the elimination of mental health care disparities. 
  4. Tier 1.  Involves educating work group members about the various efforts (at the administrator, center, and branch levels) that are currently being conducted.
  5. Tier 2.  Involves information dissemination and using work group calls as a forum for individuals and organizations that are implementing these efforts to share information about their work.
  6. Tier 3.  Involves exploring potential opportunities for collaboration with these individuals and organizations based on the nature and type of activity, mutual interests, and benefits to the systems of care. 
  7. Upon request, provide expertise by reviewing the documents and publications such as the LGBTQI2-S practice briefs and other products developed by the CCC or TA partners. 
  8. Provide consultation, technical assistance, and support to the CCC, Branch and CMHS as requested that address the broad array of issues about cultural and linguistic competence and the elimination of mental health and mental health care disparities.


Resources will be posted as available.