It is the value, mission and practice of Alpine County Behavioral Health Services (ACBHS) to deliver services in a culturally competent manner that is responsive to diverse cultures, reflects the health beliefs and practices of the communities we serve and demonstrates cultural humility. This approach includes providing effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful services that are responsive to diverse cultural beliefs and practices and preferred languages. This vision is reflected in our world view, informing materials, and client treatment plans. Integration of these values creates a forum for ensuring that we continually assess and enhance our services in an effort to be culturally and linguistically relevant for our youth and adult clients and their families. Staff members continually discuss opportunities to promote the delivery of culturally sensitive services at staff meetings, clinical team meetings and cultural competence committee meetings.
ACBHS strives to deliver culturally, ethnically, and linguistically appropriate services to behavioral health clients and their families. In addition, we recognize the importance of developing services that are sensitive to other cultures, including American Indian, Hispanic and other racial and ethnic groups; persons with disabilities; consumers in recovery (from mental health or substance use); LGBTQI2-S community; various age groups (Transition Age Youth-TAY, Older Adults); faith-based; and persons involved in the correctional system.
Developing a culturally and linguistically competent system requires the commitment and dedication from leadership, staff, and the community to continually strive to learn from each other. This goal also requires ongoing training and education at all staff levels. The following Cultural and Linguistic Competence Plan (CLCP) reflects ACBHS' ongoing commitment to improving services to expand access to services, quality care, and improved outcomes.