Resources to support culturally and linguistically responsive care and equitable access to services and outcomes.

Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA)

The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) is a developmentally appropriate treatment for youth and young adults (12-24 years old) with substance misuse or substance use disorders.  A-CRA is an evidence based treatment developed by Chestnut Health Systems.The brief treatment model can be delivered in outpatient clinics, community... Read More

AIR’s Health and Social Development program works with a range of youth-serving agencies to improve policies, services, and care for LGBTQ youth. Through research and evaluation, we work to improve available services and health and mental health outcomes.

The American Psychiatric Association has created a new poster to help enforce the parity law and end discrimination. The poster clearly and simply explains the law and the steps to take when a violation is suspected. “Fair Insurance Coverage: It’s the Law.” Download the poster.

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The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services actively promotes practice improvement in prevention, treatment and recovery systems of care. To that end, BSAS has articulated a set of principles which inform practice. BSAS publishes Practice Guidance papers, built on these principles, which describe best practices as well as why and how practice in specific areas can be improved. These are intended to be used by BSAS substance abuse... Read More

The Institute for Geriatric Social Work at the Boston University School of Social Work is dedicated to strengthening the workforce for an aging society through educational innovation, workforce change and research. Among their offerings is the Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate Online... Read More

The Family Engagement Inventory (FEI) is designed to assist professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, early education, and education to learn how family engagement is defined and implemented across these fields of practice. 

The Latino Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program's main goals are to increase the number of Latinos and Latinas with addiction treatment credentials; to increase the Latino community’s access to culturally and linguistically competent care; and to increase the capacity of the publicly funded system to serve Latinos/as, while improving treatment outcomes.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health CLAS Initiative develops and implements the national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards within DPH programs and agencies who receive direct service grants from DPH.  The national CLAS Standards were developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2000. The standards offer a framework to address the structural, clinical, and... Read More

This toolkit provides guidance in regards to the medical, psychological and social needs of pregnant women with opioid use disorders thereby improving maternal and newborn health outcomes. It has been developed to help maternal health providers advance the clinical interventions by offering screening, treatment engagement and coordinated care throughout the pregnancy and post-delivery.

The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (The National CLAS Standards) aim to improve health care quality and advance health equity by establishing a framework for organizations to serve the nation's increasingly diverse communities.

At least 5.6 million to 8 million – nearly one in five – older adults in America have one or more mental health and substance use conditions, which present unique challenges for their care. With the number of adults age 65 and older projected to soar from 40.3 million in 2010 to 72.1 million by 2030, the aging of America holds profound consequences for the nation.

People with substance use disorders have high rates of justice involvement. For those working in the addictions field, it is important to understand the justice system. For those who are working within the justice system, it is important to understand the impact of substance use and addictions on individuals and families, as well as ... Read More


People who work with Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF) to prevent, treat and support recovery from addictions find that understanding the particular cultural context of military service increases their ability to engage and establish rapport. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, in 2014, there were 379,772 Massachusetts living veterans between the ages of 18 and 84, about two-... Read More