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Holyoke Health Center, Inc

OMH Grant
Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Holyoke Health Center, Inc.
217 High Street, P.O. Box 6260
Holyoke, MA 01041
Phone: (413) 420-2111
Fax: (413) 534-5416]
Title: Bilingual Bicultural Program for Children and Family Mental Health
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Jacqueline Spain
Target Population: Latino Children
Health Issues: Mental Health

This project seeks to provide greater access to mental health services for Holyoke's Latino children and their families. The Children's Mental Health Collaborative works to increase early identification of services for low-income and uninsured Holyoke children who are at-risk of or in the early stage of mental illness. The project infuses cultural and linguistic competency into all aspects of the behavioral health programs, including the engagement of parents of children who have been consumers of the mental health system. The project trains parent mental health advocates as resources and linkages to Latino families and primary and mental health care. Training materials focus on meeting the informational needs of the low income, low literacy parent/caregiver audience. Parents are trained to identify children who may be at-risk for, or be in the early stages of mental illness or have psycho-social development issues for which they need to be referred to culturally appropriate treatment and support. To enhance the quality and responsiveness of services, at least four training sessions are held annually, at which providers, clinicians, and CBO staff are trained by local and national trainers who specialize in Latino mental health issues. The trainings focus on family and cultural components of appropriate treatment and service delivery strategies. On a monthly basis, bilingual Public Service Announcements are run on two local Latino radio stations to increase the public's awareness about children's mental health issues and effective responses to these issues. Newspaper ads focus on key issues related to children's mental health.

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