The Center for Multicultural Development (CMD) was established with the enthusiastic support of California’s county mental health directors. The center was designed to promote the cultural competence of publicly funded behavioral health systems and ensure the integration of cultural competence into policy development, research, training, technical assistance, and other activities and products of CIBHS. Programs, trainings and materials have been developed to assist California provide culturally appropriate services to meet the needs of diverse populations.
An advisory committee consisting of committed consumer and professional experts experienced in the development of culturally competent mental health services provided past support to the CMD.
Will Rhett-Mariscal, PhD, MS, is the Director for the Health Equity team at CIBHS. Dr. Rhett-Mariscal has developed and implemented practice and system improvement projects impacting California’s public behavioral health system in the areas of health equity, health care integration, prevention and early intervention, and SUD.