Cultural Competence Component

NAMI California and the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) have joined together for the CalMHSA Stigma and Discrimination Reduction (SDR) Project.  This project spans over three years and is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) Prevention and Early Intervention dollars.  The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is a joint powers authority that oversees the administration of these funds.  The project will assist local NAMI affiliates to begin to address disparities in the health status of people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including across the lifespan.  In addition, the project will also include the improvement of quality services and outcomes for all community members.   Enhancing cultural and linguistic responsiveness will result in the ability to better understand, communicate with, and interact effectively with people across a variety of different cultures and languages.
The NAMI CA SDR project incorporates a cultural and linguistic responsiveness constituent that brings together leaders from ethnic and cultural groups representative of diverse communities across the state of California.  Those members of the Cultural Competence Steering Committee (CCSC) are listed below:

CC Project Management Team – UPAC
•    Dixie Galapon, Ph.D. – Cultural Competency Manager
•    Seiji Nishina, Psy.D. – Cultural Liaison
•    Karl Pongyingpis, Psy.D. – Project Assistant

CC Training Team – Pacific Clinics
•    Rocco Cheng, Ph.D.  – Cultural Responsiveness Training Manager
•    Michi Fu

CC Steering Committee Members
•    African American community representative – Lawford Goddard, Ph.D.
•    Asian/Pacific Islander community representative – Rocco Cheng, Ph.D.
•    Latino community representative – Marbella Sala, BA
•    Native American community representative – Kurt Schweigman, MPH
•    LGBTQ community representative – Poshi Mikalson, MSW
•    Spirituality (Christian faith) community representative – Jim Gilmer, Reverend, MA
•    Older Adult community representative – Viviana Criado, MPA
•    Transition Age Youth (TAY) community representative – Paul Curtis
•    Muslim community representative – Laurel Benhamida, Ph.D.
•    Rural worker representative – Lali Moheno, MA
•    Veteran community representative – Douglas Stephens
•    NAMI California representatives – Katherine Ferry and Veronica Delgado

Benefits of Participating in the Cultural Competence Project for NAMI California and Local Affiliates
1)    Receive assistance in expanding their reach to unserved and underserved communities
2)    Receive on-site training to improve cultural sensitivity/responsiveness in each CalMHSA region
3)    Develop partnerships with statewide cultural experts and local community-based organizations
4)    Maintain quality services for all peers and families affected by mental illness

Cultural Adaptation of the In Our Own Voice Program
The primary objective of this extension to the current cultural competence project is to reduce stigma and discrimination among diverse populations by culturally adapting the NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV) program for the Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, African American, LGBTQ, and Native American communities.  Development of a culturally competent IOOV program will aid in the effort to reduce significant barriers to treatment, and reduce discrimination among systems partners.  Moreover, through engagement and outreach to diverse communities, we aim to reduce mental health disparities.

The IOOV Cultural Adaptation Project will be achieved by the expertise of Pacific Clinics as the Project Designer,  a Cultural Consultant representing each of the five CRDP Communities and input from individuals within each targeted community through multiple focus groups. The adaptation process will include the creation of culturally adapted videos and curriculum (including Spanish and Chinese translations) and outreach and program materials.

Below is a list of planned cultural-focused activities over the second and third years of the CalMHSA SDR Project:

Activity Timeline

Year

Activity

Who will participate

Year 2

(July 2012 – June 2013)

Cultural Responsiveness Self-Assessment All NAMI Affiliates, NAMI California
Site Visits to Lead Affiliates Lead Affiliates; Dixie Galapon and Rocco Cheng
One-Day Cultural Responsiveness Training at Lead Affiliate location Lead Affiliates (Host) and local affiliates in their respective region. Training led by Rocco Cheng.
Webinar Training on Developing Cultural Competence Plan All Affiliates. Training led by Dixie Galapon
Ethnic and Cultural Listening Sessions CC Steering Committee
Cultural adaptation focus groups Community members and NAMI; led by Cultural Consultants

Year 3

(July 2013 – June 2014)

Review of Ending the Silence, Parents and Teachers as Allies, and Provider Education as it relates to Ethnic and Cultural Communities CC Steering Committee
Site Visits to Lead Affiliates Lead Affiliates; Dixie Galapon and Rocco Cheng
One-Day Cultural Responsiveness Training at Lead Affiliate location Lead Affiliates (Host) and local affiliates in their respective region. Training led by Rocco Cheng.
Completion of Cultural Competence Plans All NAMI Affiliates
Development of Strategic Plan for NAMI California CC Steering Committee
Cultural Responsiveness Self-Assessment All NAMI Affiliates, NAMI California
Development of outreach tools for affiliates CC Steering Committee
Cultural adaptation focus groups Community members and NAMI; led by Cultural Consultants
Statewide culturally-focused IOOV Presenter Trainings Leaders from respective communities across the lifespan in recovery
Culturally-adapted IOOV presentations Respective cultural communities

For More Information Contact:

Beth Wolf
Program Coordinator
beth@namica.org
916-567-0163