From the WICHE Project Archive


WICHE, in partnership with SAMHSA, developed cultural competence standards in mental health across different ethnicities/races, ultimately producing the SAMHSA/CMHS National Standards for Cultural Competence. Standards, guidelines and cultural competencies for managed behavioral health services for racial/ethnic populations were produced by four national panels with the recognition that in order to provide individualized mental health services, consumers should be viewed within the context of their cultural group and their experiences from being part of that group.


> Cultural Competence Standards in Managed Mental Health Care for Four Underserved/ Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Groups

(December 1998)

Ethnic-specific Cultural Competence Standards:


> Consumer-Driven Standards and Guidelines in Managed Mental Health for Populations of African Descent  

(October 1997)


> Cultural Competence Standards in Managed Care Mental Health Services for Asian and Pacific Islander American  Populations

(October 1997)


> Cultural Competence Standards in Managed Care Mental Health Services for Latino Populations

(December 1996)


> Cultural Competence Guidelines in Managed Care Mental Health Services for Native American Populations

(June 1998)


These cultural competence documents were produced under the auspices of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Mental Health Program and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and are part of the CMHS Managed Care Workforce Training Initiative of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.