Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC) is a core value of the New Hampshire Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative (CBHC) and benefits all NH youth. CLC refers to the beliefs, behaviors, knowledge, skills, and systems through which individuals and organizations demonstrate empathy and understanding of and respect for the values, historical context, expectations, language and experiences of diverse populations. See the updated CLC one-pager for your reference and use!
The CBHC is comprised of agencies and organizations that partner to improve the children’s behavioral health system. Both the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have CLC Coordinators who are available to work with CBHC partners. Bhagirath Khatiwada, at the DOE’s Office of Student Wellness, and Amy Parece-Grogan, at the DHHS Office of Health Equity, are able to travel to your organization and provide trainings and technical assistance to help you infuse CLC throughout your work. Amy also facilitates the Behavioral Health Equity Work Group, which meets the first Thursday of each month at the Foundation for Healthy Communities (125 Airport Road) from 9:30-11:30AM.