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Cultural and Linguistic Competence
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services believes that Cultural and Linguistic Competence is a process necessary to support recovery and to deliver consumer-driven and person-centered mental health services. OhioMHAS considers cultural and linguistic competence when developing statewide policies, programs, and practices because services are most effective when delivered in a culturally competent way.

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State of Ohio Cultural Competence Definition
Cultural Competence is 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.  

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care