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Culturally and Linguistically Competency

When providers, public agencies, and organizations are culturally competent, information is communicated in a way that is respectful of differences across cultures and that information is easily understood by children, youth and their families, including those with limited English proficiency, low literacy or disabilities. Cultural and linguistic competence helps eliminate racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic disparities in behavioral health services and supports.

Cultural and linguistic competence is necessary for a system of care that is effective and accessible, especially groups that are under served and under represented or that have a history of experiencing unequal treatment. This includes racial and ethnic groups as well as youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ). Growing diversity in South Carolina requires a greater understanding of the role of culture in the delivering effective behavioral health services and supports.

The Palmetto Coordinated System of Care works to infuse cultural and linguistic sensitive values, policies and practices into all aspects of behavioral health. This requires education, skill development, awareness and changes in behavior. Ongoing training opportunities are available to management, staff members, treatment professionals, family members and youth.

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