Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBH)

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The Clayton Center primary means of advocacy deals with the children and young adults that are receiving their services. The counselors who work with children serve as advocates by working with the child’s school counselors to ensure the child’s needs are being met (). Select members attend various seminars and conferences where they discuss and devise ways of promoting higher levels of public awareness about the issues this community has to deal with. They hold workshops and fundraisers within the community as well as offer classes to the general public to help promote awareness. A few board members sit on the boards of other organizations that work with local politicians and government agency to get policies that affect this community changed …show more content…
One of the components of this act will create specific measures for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBH). These criteria include staffing, availability and accessibility of services; care coordination, scope of services, quality and other reporting, and organizational authority. These criteria will allow CCBH’s “to serve individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders that provide intensive, person-centered, multidisciplinary, evidence-based screening, assessment, diagnostics, treatment, prevention, and wellness services” ("Excellence in Mental Health …show more content…
This process allows the counselor to confront and address issues their clients are facing at an institutional level with the desired results of making changes.
Cultural Competence The Clayton Centers multicultural competence is mediocre on the overall continuum of competence. While a large percentage of the staff is composed of minorities, the lack of routine multicultural training leaves something to be desired. The interviewee seemed unconcerned about the need for training as “ most of the clients and staff are Black” P. Thompson, personal communication, December 7, 2015). It is a common misconception that minority counselors and therapist do not need training because they are the oppressed and thereby have a better understanding of the issues; this is not the case because minorities also harbor bias and stereotypes about other groups. According to Sue & Sue (2013), “multicultural counseling and therapy is not for white helping professionals only! Persons of color, women, LGBT population, and other marginalized groups in our society are not immune from inheriting the racial, gender, sexual orientation issues of our forebears” (p.

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