Behavioral Health Disparity Impact Statements

Peter Gamache & Kathy Lazear

An increasingly diverse population leads to an increasing need to address behavioral health disparities and disproportionalities. A BHDIS helps to see the “big picture” on overall outcomes for children youth and families within a larger system of care. BHDIS can help improve quality and efficacy of care, enhance provider knowledge and skills, and improve youth and family satisfaction. BHDISs are increasingly required by federal funding agencies, such as SAMHSA’s System of Care Expansion, Offender Reentry Program (ORP), Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE)/HIV for Minority Women, Now IS the Time (NITT) Health Transition, and Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH). This webinar will focus on the following: * Understanding the needs and rationales for a BHDIS * How to gather and interpret disparities data * How to create a BHDIS * Understanding the integration of BHDIS, CLAS (Nationally Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Standards in Health and health Care) and Cultural and Linguistic Strategic planning