To meet the activity outlined under prevention as:

Provide and assess the impact of culturally and linguistically appropriate education to improve family members’, caregivers’, and the public’s understanding of evidence-based treatments and prevention strategies for SUD/OUD

COP-RCORP has decided to ensure that all local consortia and our master consortium have developed plans to address meeting CLAS standards.COP-RCORP is taking a workgroup approach to meet this goal wherein designated members of each local consortia work independently on reviewing the standards and meet bi-weekly to develop a plan.

The CLAS standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations to:

Principal Standard

Provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy, and other communication needs.

14 other Standards related to:

Governance, Leadership and Workforce, Communication and Language Assistance, Engagement, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability

Ohio Defines Cultural Competence

A continuous learning process that builds knowledge, awareness, skills and capacity to identify, understand and respect the unique beliefs, values, customs, languages, abilities and traditions of all Ohioans in order to develop policies to promote effective programs and services

                                (Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, 2006)

OhioMHAS Disparities and Cultural Competency Committee

Purpose: To provide expert, data-driven guidance and advocacy to identify best practices, data measures, research and cross-system collaborations to reduce health disparities and promote health equity within Ohio’s behavioral health system.

Vision: Transform Ohio’s evolving behavioral health continuum to be free of cultural and linguistic disparities.


OhioMHAS DACC Leadership

  • Disparities and Cultural Competence Manager

  • Health Equity & Cultural Competency Policy/Program

  • Health Equity & Cultural Competence Administrator