Solano County is in the process of developing a new Innovation Project focused on implementing a systemic approach to increasing cultural competence, aimed specifically at Latino and Filipino communities. This will encompass strategies including workforce development, identifying and collaborating with cultural community leaders, creation of Latino and API/Filipino-specific cultural competence committees, and assessing the needs of Solano County residents in the Latino and Filipino communities. The efforts of successful cultural competence programs throughout the state will provide the framework for developing an approach which has been proven to be effective and specifically designed to meet the needs of Solano County residents. The Innovation Project will aim to:

  • Increase access to mental health care for Latino and Filipino communities.
  • Improve the outcomes of care by increasing timely access through stigma reduction for individuals experiencing mental health concerns.
  • Create mental health friendly community alliances with faith and other community partners.
  • Support Latino and Filipino families, who provide a safety net for their mentally ill family members.

This plan is currently in development and will be submitted separately from theĀ MHSA 3-Year Integrated Plan for 2014-15 through 2016-17 for both local approval and the approval of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.