Understanding the CLAS Standards
This PowerPoint presentation provides information about the new national CLAS Standards, including the rationale for CLAS, components of CLAS standards, culturally appropriate interventions informed by the CLAS standards, and organizational supports for cultural and linguistic competence.
CLC Assessment Tool: Based on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS Standards)
A key component of System of Care values is Cultural and Linguistic Competence, also known as CLC. Cultural and Linguistic Competence is defined as a set of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a System of Care and enable that system to work effectively in cross-cultural situations (Cross, et al, 1989). Put another way, cultural competence refers to a program’s ability to honor and respect the beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes and behaviors of children, youth and families who are receiving services and supports and the multicultural staff who are providing services (Roberts et al., 1990). Therefore, cultural competence involves applying a multidimensional model that includes cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, and cultural skill development in developing and providing services for culturally diverse groups (Sue, 2001).