The following links will guide professionals wishing to expand their expertise in areas of cultural and linguistic competence. These various links will define Cultural Competence and provide rich resources which may include, research, health topics, articles, data/statistics, policies, press releases, funding, and training initiatives.

  • Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine CCSME (Online Course)
    This online course, developed by Ms. Rachel Henderson, will guide you in becoming aware of diversity in Maine and using that awareness to inform your approaches to behavioral health. The subjects covered include bias, finding similarities, special populations, and poverty.


  • National Institute of Health - Cultural Competency
    The National Institute of Health defines Cultural Competency and provides links to learn more about providing care and services in a respectful and responsive manner to meet cultural and linguistic needs of all people.


  • SAMHSA Prevention Training and Technical Assistance
    SAMHSA offers providers a comprehensive definition of Cultural Competence, outlining the elements of culture and the values of Respect and Responsiveness on individual, organizational and systems levels to include selective SAMHSA Collaborative for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) services.
  • Diversity-Administration on Aging ~ Department of Health and Human Services
    This link provides resources that are intended to help increase access to, and improve programs for our diverse older American population including;
    - US Administration on Aging's A Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities
    - A link through Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants to States (ADDGS) program to access translated supportive material regarding Alzheimer Disease.
  • Institute for Veteran Cultural Studies
    The mission of the Institute is twofold, encompassing: (a) efforts to increase sociocultural competency among professional mental health workers for the continued emotional welfare of returning veterans and their family members seeking transitional support; and (b) to affect not merely a paradigm shift, but initiate a dramatic change in the way reintegration and its inherent difficulties are perceived, supported, and treated by professionals who assist veterans in the United States.


  • Center for Child and Human Development
    This link will provide the professional with resources pertinent to Cultural and Linguistic Competence, Global Health and Education, Developmental Disabilities, Special Health Care needs and early childhood mental health. This site offers trainings, technical assistance, recent publications, projects and programs.
  • Office of Health Equity - Tribal Map
    The Mission of the Tribal Health District Unit is to collaborate and provide public health infrastructure by responding to the Native American people's needs by:
    - Ensuring the effective delivery of the Ten Essential Public Health services through respect of the people and culture.
    - Focusing on health issues by providing health promotion, prevention, and education.
    - Collaborating, creating and sustaining partnerships with federal, state and local entities.
    - Promoting tribal-wide collaboration in public health assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluations.