Cultural & Linguistic Competency:
Cultural and linguistic competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency or among professionals and enable that system, agency or those professions to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
The Pennsylvania System of Care Partnership recognizes Cultural and Linguistic Competence as one of its eleven values for improving the delivery of care to youth and families across the Commonwealth. Under the Pennsylvania System of Care Partnership Standards cultural and linguistic competence is defined in Standard VI as “the integration and transformation of knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes from and about individuals or groups that enable policymakers, administrators, youth, families, service providers, and system partners to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.” The PA SOC Partnership is committed to the on-going improvement of cultural and linguistic competency through knowledge building using adaptive technical assistance initiatives supporting the development of CLC programming to improve the delivery of care to youth and families across the Commonwealth. Specifically, the PA SOC Partnership and CLC Coordinator have promoted the integration of CLC programming in SOC counties by:
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