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Performance measures of cultural competency in mental health organizations.

Author: Siegel, C; Davis-Chambers, E; Haugland, G; Bank, R; Aponte, C; McCombs, H.
Author Background:
Date 11/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Administration-and-Policy-in-Mental-Health
Volume/Pages 28(2): 91-106
Subject Matter Administration-Management, Cultutal Competence; Mental-health-services; Measurement
Abstract The authors used numerous documents created by advisory groups, expert panels, and multicultural focus groups to develop performance measures for assessing the cultural competency of mental health systems. Competency was measured within three levels of organizational structure: administrative, provider network, and individual caregiver. Indicators, measures and data sources for needs assessment, information exchange, services, human resources, plans and policies, and outcomes were identified. Procedures for selection and implementation of the most critical measures are suggested. The products of this project are broadly applicable to the concerns of all cultural groups. (Journal abstract.)