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NJAMHAA Promotes Cultural Competence and Removing Stigma for Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July 18, 2018 

From ongoing federal efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, to the separation of children from asylum-seeking parents at the southern border, to the persisting disparities in wealth and access to health care, 2018 has been a turbulent year for mental health for individuals of minority backgrounds.

In most minority communities, individuals experience higher rates of poverty and violence than Caucasian Americans, and struggle with worse health outcomes as a result. Americans who are racial or ethnic minorities are more likely to be afflicted with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, while also having lower rates of access to treatment.

With people who identify with racial or ethnic minority groups predicted to comprise about half of the United States population by 2050, cultural competence in health care is becoming more and more critical to enable Americans of diverse backgrounds to thrive. In 2008, Congress established July as Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, named after the prominent African-American author and mental health advocate, to draw attention to mental health and substance use issues within minority populations.

The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA), a trade association representing 160 New Jersey community-based providers of behavioral healthcare services, continually promotes multicultural understanding to improve quality of care for all residents of this diverse state. Multicultural issues are always a salient subject of discussion at NJAMHAA meetings and conferences.

“Our member providers and the individuals they serve come from many backgrounds, and the providers continue to push themselves to meet the needs of all vulnerable people in their communities. The diversity of New Jersey means people with behavioral health struggles need clinicians who can communicate in different languages and understand varied beliefs in order to serve individuals most effectively. NJAMHAA is so proud of our members for constantly striving to bridge gaps in mental health and substance use treatment,” said Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., President and CEO of NJAMHAA.

 

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