Culturally competent outcome evaluation in systems of care for children's mental health
The area of culturally competent outcome evaluation and cross-cultural mental health research in general needs to be greatly developed given the culturally diverse nation we live in and the different needs of culturally diverse children and their families. Such evaluation is crucial in supporting the need for and effectiveness of culturally competent programs and special programs with a focus on particular cultural populations. The imperatives for cost effectiveness and clinical effectiveness which have been promoted by the transition to managed systems of care may actually promote the development of higher levels of cultural competence in community-based systems of care. Culturally competent care may well be the most cost-effective and clinically effective care.
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