The creation of DACC is one of four strategies identified in OhioMHAS’s strategic plan to address behavioral health disparities. A DACC Advisory Committee, comprised of OhioMHAS program staff and external community members, was formed with the goal of eliminating disparities and moving towards health equity. The committee identified the following objectives:
The creation of DACC is one of four strategies identified in OhioMHAS’s strategic plan to address behavioral health disparities. The DACC Advisory Committee is composed of OhioMHAS program staff and external community members. OhioMHAS staff participants represent the department’s key organizational areas, including children services, recovery services, community support and more. External members represent community partner organizations that include the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio, Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Ohio Citizen Advocates for Chemical Dependency Prevention and Treatment, Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers, Drug Free Action Alliance, representative designees, and other state agency partners.
The DACC Advisory Committee’s goal is to eliminate disparities and move towards health equity. To that end, the DACC Advisory Committee identified four objectives through a visioning process; which now serves as the actions that the Advisory Committee will take over the next five years. Those objectives include the following:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMSHA) is leading a similar effort at the national level through the Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE). In 2012, SAMHSA launched OBHE based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) findings that adverse health outcomes are greater for racial and ethnic minority populations. HHS found that the causes of health disparities are multiple, overlapping, and affect individuals across their lifespan. HHS has determined that by expanding healthcare access, data collection, and the use of evidence-based interventions, health equity can be improved for vulnerable populations. OBHE is now implementing strategies in five areas; data, communication, policy, quality practice and workforce development, and customer service and technical assistance to promote comprehensive behavioral health equity.
National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health, [April 2011].
The Disparities and Cultural Competency (DACC) Advisory committee has developed a plan to ensure that service equity is a priority in the public behavioral health system by 2020. The goals of the OhioMHAS CLC Plan include:
The plan involves using strategies from the National Partnership for Action’s 2011 National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity report which was developed to identify and address behavioral health disparities.
2020 Strategic Vision-Cultural & Linguistic Competency Plan
Business Case for Promoting Equity-Executive Summary
Business Case for Promoting Equity
DACC Core Quality Indicators
Power Point and Video Presentations
Power Point Presentations
Power Point Presentaions
DACC Learning Series - The Amish Culture and Continuity of Care PowerPoint - October 22, 2015
DACC Learning Series - Bridges Out of Poverty PowerPoint - November 3, 2015
DACC Youth and Young Adults Event Flyer - February 17, 2016
DACC Disproportionate Minority Impact Event Flyer - April 13, 2016
DACC Historical Trauma Event Flyer (coming soon) - June 15, 2016