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Meeting the Mental Health Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives
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This report provides a synopsis of this particular population’s mental health needs, relevant cultural characteristics and traditions, perceptions about mental illness, and preferences for services and supports. This report also describes several mental health programs that have successfully tailored their services to meet the needs of diverse consumers and contains a comprehensive resource section with recommended readings and organizational resources. The report assists state mental health agencies in moving toward mental health service delivery systems that are appropriate and accessible to all consumers. This report in particular explores ways to develop culturally competent public mental health systems and services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. (Authors)
Alexandria, VA