Improving access and quality for culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health services
The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) has designed the Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) with the goal of improving access, quality, and outcomes of behavioral health care services for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-Blind.
The BHI is a multi-pronged approach to include individuals who belong to Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-Blind communities, clinicians, and interpreters. This will be accomplished by providing three tracks focused on the unique needs of each group.
Resources and opportunities designed to expand knowledge on behavioral health topics that support self-care and overall wellness.
Training, resources, and supports for Deaf and hearing clinicians created to increase awareness and access to culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
Training, resources, and supports for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters focused on working in behavioral and mental health environments.
Behavioral Health Initiative Advisory Team
The Behavioral Health Initiative Advisory Team consists of consumers, clinicians, and interpreters with varying backgrounds, expertise, and experiences. The Advisory Team assisted ODHH and DHS in creating content and outcomes for the BHI that are appropriate for the diverse Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-Blind communities in Wisconsin. ODHH is grateful for the input and support of the Advisory Team.