15 Enhanced CLAS Standards

The Office of Minority Health (OMH), under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services, released standards for culturally competent healthcare in 2001. In 2011, the Community Alliance for CLAS convened an advisory board to help draft CLAS standards specifically for use in the California AOD field.  These standards and associated checklists were approved by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP, now DHCS) in early 2012, and updated by the Office of Minority Health (OMH) in 2013. The new, enhanced standards are intended for use in the treatment provision for substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery organizations. The CA-CLAS contract is dedicated to increasing the capacity of these organizations to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
15 Enhanced CA CLAS Standards and Recommendations

Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Treatment, Policy Planning, and Program Development– Annotated Bibliography

The books, articles and research studies in this bibliography provide background reading in cultural competency and will discuss what constitutes as culturally competent treatment, why it is an important component of counseling, and implications for program development, administration and policy planning. Our hope is that it will stimulate professionals to examine effective and appropriate ways to serve diverse clients in substance abuse treatment programs.

Managerial Capacity and Adoption of Culturally Competent Practices in Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Organizations

This study examined managers’ characteristics associated with adoption of culturally competent practices in the nation’s outpatient substance abuse treatment field from 1995 to 2005.  The findings have implications for the development of policy to equip treatment organizations to adopt linguistic and culturally relevant service models.


The Case for Cultural Competence

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