CHA News Article

SAMHSA Releases Guide on Cultural Competence

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new guide to help professional care providers and administrators understand the role of culture in the delivery of behavioral health services. The latest publication in SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series, TIP 59: Improving Cultural Competence, explores cultural identity and its influence on assessment, treatment planning and therapeutic and healing practices in the behavioral health environment, and suggests that cultural competence “can have a positive effect on clients’ responses to treatment and subsequent engagement in recovery services.”