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Cultural & Linguistic Competence (CLC) Resource Library for Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities


Kathy Lazear

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Principal Investigators:

  • Kathy Lazear
  • Mario Hernandez
  • Linda Callejas


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 The Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) at University of South Florida is a core partner of the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), the national center for states and communities funded by the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI). View flyer.

The CMHI program is an initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (CAFB) that supports communities in their efforts to expand and sustain community-based systems of care for children, youth and young adults (birth-21) with behavioral health needs and their families.

Under the lead of the Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute) at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, CFS faculty and staff will support the CMHI grantees as they work to ensure the hallmarks of systems of care – a coordinated network of services and supports that is family-driven, youth-guided, culturally and linguistically competent, and data-driven – are in place. Additional CFS faculty and staff will serve as consultants and experts and provide support in areas including IT, web support, graphic design, video, and other subject matter such as school based mental health, early childhood, and child welfare.

CFS, in partnership with the Center for Community Learning, Inc. in Miami and Texas, is the Cultural & Linguistic Competence (CLC) Resource Library of the TA Network. Working with the diverse selection of systems of care communities throughout the United States, including urban, rural, Tribal and non-English speaking communities, they will provide information, training and technical assistance, and evaluation consultation about cultural and linguistic competence.



CLC Resource Library

Click on the links below to view resources by topic. Resources from a wide variety of sources are regularly added to this site so please check back often.

Assessment Tools

Behavioral Health Disparity Impact Statement

Behavioral Health Equity & Social Justice

CLAS Implementation

  • Language and Communication


Evidence Based and Effective Practices


General CLC Tools


Health Literacy

Implicit Bias

Mental Health and Trauma

National/State Organization Websites

Psychotropic Medication

Resource Briefs and Spotlight On Series

Specific Populations

  • African American
  • Alaskan Native/American Indian
  • Appalachian, Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Caribbean Islander
  • Disenfranchised
  • Immigrant and Refugee
  • Latino/Hispanic
  • Muslim/Islamic
  • Sexual and Gender Diverse


Systems of Care Collaborations

Training Tools