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The Cultural Diversity Series attempts to provide basic information and guidelines regarding the needs of a variety of ethnic and nonethnic minorities. Each of these technical assistance reports provides a synopsis of the particular population’s mental health needs, relevant cultural characteristics and traditions, perceptions about mental illness, and preferences for services and supports. Each 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 goal of the Cultural Diversity Series is to assist state mental health agencies in moving toward mental health service delivery systems that are appropriate and accessible to all consumers. This report explores ways to develop culturally competent public mental health systems and services for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Future reports will focus on American Indians and Native Alaskans, and persons who are deaf. The following reports in this series are available from the National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning (NTAC): Creating Culturally Competent Systems of Care for Latinos: Perspectives from an Expert Panel, Meeting the Mental Health Needs of African Americans, and Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Persons. (Authors)
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2002
Alexandria, VA
202-624-9488