A culturally competent system of care for addressing mental health disparities in child welfare (Chapter 12 of Child welfare revisited : an Africentric perspective).
Manning, Maxwell C.
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This chapter explores the mental health disparities in the child welfare system. The lack of integration between mental health and child welfare is discussed, as well as the impact on African American foster children. Barriers to delivering mental health services to African Americans in the child welfare system are described, and a culturally competent system of care model is recommended. The model would bring together schools, community mental health centers, psychiatric treatment programs, substance abuse services, recreational services, vocational services, primary health care organizations, and child welfare agencies to coordinate services and address the needs of African American children while allowing them to remain in their community. 67 references and 1 figure.
African Americans; child welfare; child health; mental health; cultural competency