Partners for Culturally Competent Behavioral Health Service Delivery to Hispanics

Goal: The primary goal of the Partners for Culturally Competent Behavioral Health Service Delivery to Hispanics program is to introduce, implement and evaluate the NJMHI’s nationally recognized and disseminated research-based Model Mental Health Program for Hispanics Report in order to increase the availability of, access to and the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health care for Hispanics in several New Jersey counties. A secondary goal of the project is to develop a mechanism for the project’s replication in other regions of the state and across the nation in hopes that the estimated millions of Hispanics who may need behavioral health care will be able to access and receive care in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

Target Beneficiary Population: The Partners for Culturally Competent Behavioral Health Service Delivery to Hispanics program will specifically target individuals with LEP who are of Hispanic origin in several counties in New Jersey. The multi-year project shall benefit thousands of Hispanics in need of culturally and linguistically competent behavioral health care within the three-year project period and beyond. Additionally, the project has the potential to ultimately benefit the estimated millions of individuals of Hispanic origin throughout the nation who may be in need of behavioral health care.

Objectives: The specific and measurable objectives for the Partners for Culturally Competent Behavioral Health Service Delivery to Hispanics program, which support the project’s overall goals, are:

1. To plan, coordinate, and implement all of the elements and the recommendations contained in the NJMHI’s Model Mental Health Program for Hispanics Report at Care Plus New Jersey (CPNJ) and the Lester A. Drenk Behavioral Health Center (LADBHC) in three distinct phases with specific training and evaluation measures being implemented and assessed at two (2) of CPNJ’s outpatient locations and at two (2) of LADBHC’s outpatient programs between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. Additional support and training opportunities are also available to other programs within these organizations that work with, or have the potential to work with high numbers of Hispanic individuals within the three target counties and beyond.

2. To conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the implementation and impact of the proposed Partners for Culturally Competent Behavioral Health Service Delivery to Hispanics program from inception to completion.

3. To develop an online implementation guide/curriculum that provides specific details on how to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate activities and interventions strategies in each of the six element areas of the NJMHI’s Model Mental Health Program for Hispanics Report.

Program Plan: The NJMHI is collaborating with Care Plus, NJ (CPNJ), a comprehensive community-based, licensed behavioral health agency based in Paramus, NJ, with the Lester A. Drenk Behavioral Health Center (LADBHC), a multi-faceted community-based, licensed behavioral health agency based in Hainesport, NJ, and with several leaders in the field of Hispanic mental health, to implement an array of activities and intervention strategies aimed at achieving the project’s goals. All activities will be implemented in three phases: 1.) the Developmental Phase, 2.) the Implementation Phase, and 3.) the Evaluation and Additional Support Phase.

Products: The Partners for Culturally Competent Behavioral Health Service Delivery to Hispanics program will produce a comprehensive evaluation report on the program’s effectiveness in increasing the availability of, access to and the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health services for Hispanic clients, continuity of care and satisfaction with care. In addition, the program will produce an online implementation guide/curriculum that can be utilized for future project replication across NJ and the nation.

Special Acknowledgment: The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health would like to extend a special thank you to Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation for its multi-year support of its Partners for Culturally Competent Behavioral Health Care Service Delivery to Hispanics project.  The Partners for Culturally Competent Mental Health Services for Hispanics program is funded by a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, who was no operational control over program activities, nor day-to-day management of the program.