Online Toolkit

Background History of Model and Toolkit Development

In 2001, the New Jersey Mental Health Institute, Inc. (NJMHI) created the Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics program.  Due to the success of its program, the program and organization resulted in the development of what today is the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health. The initial goal of the Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics program was to produce a model/framework that incorporates best practices for mental health agencies and clinicians to utilize in order to better attract, engage, and serve Hispanics in mental health services that reflects Hispanics’ needs and cultural preferences.  The nationally disseminated Model Mental Health Program for Hispanics Report contains an array of recommended action items aimed at achieving the aforementioned goal.  The recommendations come from reviewing existing mental health literature and programs; conducting our own study, which entailed field visits and structured interviews with mental health agency administrators, clinicians and Hispanic community-based organization administrators; and facilitating several focus groups with Hispanics from the following four ethnic groups: Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans.  The Model Mental Health Program for Hispanics Report also contains a list of all activities engaged in and developed by the NJMHI as part of its Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics programs up to report creation in hopes that it will serve as a guide for mental health associations and other entities across the nation that are interested in addressing the issue of lack of access to and the provision of quality mental health services for Hispanics in their respective communities.  We thank you for your interest in our work and for taking a stand to support equal access and quality for all!

Salud Mental: Crossing the Cultural Divide within Mental Healthcare

To support continued learning and meet expressed need, in 2005 the organization developed a 30-minute training video based on the Model Mental Health Program for Hispanics report titled, Salud Mental: Crossing the Cultural Divide within Mental Healthcare.  The training video has been marketed nationally and has been very well received to date.  In fact, the training video has been ordered by individuals from more than 30 states.  The training video aims to educate mental health agency administrators and direct service providers on how to best attract, engage, and serve Hispanics in mental health services.   To order your copy today, please click here.

Enhancing Mental Health Service Delivery to Hispanics: An Online Toolkit for Eliminating Disparities

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, a project which aims to introduce, implement, and evaluate the impact of model implementation on improving access to and the provision of quality mental health services to Hispanics, and with creating the online toolkit titled Enhancing Mental Health Service Delivery to Hispanics: An Online Toolkit for Eliminating Disparities.

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