The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Region VIII Office (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) is pleased to share the attached Region VIII Behavioral Health ADVISORY: Adopting the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS).
SAMHSA is committed to enhancing the competence and capacity of the behavioral health workforce across all Region VIII states. Implementing the National CLAS Standards is one important, foundational step toward ensuring that behavioral health practitioners are prepared to meet the healthcare needs of all patients, families, and communities.
The Region VIII Behavioral Health Advisory promotes a free CLAS Standards E-Training, highlighting the importance of practitioner competence in cultural awareness, sensitivity, and humility across the entire healthcare workforce. We recommend incorporating the National CLAS Standards into the education, training, licensure and continuing education standards for all behavioral health professionals across Region VIII.