culturally competent care

Marginalized groups often have very few mental health services in their communities that recognize their unique cultural experiences. The Capital District Mental Health Program, together with community organizations, is working toward the goal of offering services that respect a person’s cultural beliefs, known as culturally competent care.

Culturally competent care means that the health professional or team recognizes and respects diversity. Diversity can include your ethnic, cultural and racial roots, gender, age or sexual orientation. Culturally competent care also means that health professionals:

Your family member’s health professional(s) may not understand everything about your culture. They should, however, create an atmos- phere of respect. Also, it is helpful if you and your family member share information and knowledge about your culture with the health professional(s).

People from marginalized groups often experience particular difficulties with getting help. These difficulties relate to: