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Office of Mental Health

Cultural Competence
Relevant Regulations and Laws

The Bureau of Cultural Competence is responsible for promoting effective changes in policy, procedure, and practices designed to ensure that diverse cultures are considered in all aspects of service delivery within the behavioral health system for New York State. Our objective is to provide guidance and technical assistance to help facilitate compliance with applicable federal and State laws, regulations, standards, and policies. These include:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Leaving OMH site provides that, "No person in the United States shall, on ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance" (Public Law 88-352)

National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Leaving OMH site Issued by the federal Office of Minority Health, the CLAS standards, may be used by providers of mental health services to make their practices more culturally and linguistically accessible.

New York State Executive Order 26 Leaving OMH siteIssued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, this Executive order directs state agencies that provide direct public services to translate vital documents, including essential public documents such as forms and instructions provided to or completed by program beneficiaries or participants. The translation shall be in the six most common non-English languages spoken by individuals with limited-English proficiency in the State of New York, based on United States census data, and relevant to services offered by each of such agencies. The Executive Order contains other provisions designed to ensure that language access services are implemented in a cost effective and efficient manner

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Leaving OMH site prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services. The ADA was revised by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADA is codified at 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Bureau of Cultural Competence.