In November 2007, the New York State Legislature allocated funding for two centers of excellence for cultural competence: one at the Nathan Kline Institute in Orangeburg, New York, and the other at the NYSPI. The NYSPI Center is dedicated to the study and development of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services for people throughout the state with serious mental illness. With the technical assistance and financial support of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Center combines intervention, services, and community-based participatory research to improve service availability, accessibility, and quality of care across the state.
During the Center’s first year, its major research included a community-based assessment of the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate physical health services to racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse people with serious mental illness in northern Manhattan. Now it is developing a:
In addition, the Center has broadened its focus to address the cultural and linguistic needs of children and families receiving mental health services in New York State.