About EMHD: Overview

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The Eliminating Mental Health Disparities project is an initiative that supports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Transformation Agenda by reflecting the Center’s values that mental health systems transformation must include strategies to reduce and eliminate disparities in care. Funded by CMHS, this undertaking serves as a vehicle to develop and implement strategies to eliminate disparities at the federal, state and local levels.

The mission of the project is to ensure that services and supports are accessible, and culturally and linguistically competent to meet the mental health needs of culturally, racially and ethnically diverse populations. This effort is designed to address three critical areas: disparities associated with racial and ethnic groups,disparities created by geography (e.g., rural, remote and frontier communities), and disparities inherent to special populations (e.g., refugees, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and inter-sexed individuals).