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OBHE promotes policy initiatives that strengthen the impact of SAMHSA programs in advancing behavioral health equity.

Disparity Impact Strategy

Led by OBHE, SAMHSA’s disparity impact strategy is an agency-wide initiative to incorporate a focus and understanding of behavioral health disparities in SAMHSA’s work, specifically its grant programs. The intent of the disparity impact strategy is to increase the identification and monitoring of behavioral health disparities, and to implement changes to reduce these disparities. This includes developing and implementing policies and procedures that adhere to the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. SAMHSA requires a disparity impact statement (DIS) for all new grant awards. Examples of a DIS for different grant programs and a DIS job-support aide (PDF | 707 KB) can be accessed on the SAMHSA Grants page for Special Conditions of Awards for Behavioral Health Disparity.

Elevate CBOs

Elevate CBOs is an overarching policy-driven initiative at SAMHSA's Office of Behavioral Health Equity to build capacity, increase the visibility, and highlight the unique role of community-based organizations (CBOs) serving under-resourced communities in behavioral health. This initiative engages four strategies—Education, Partnership, Technical Assistance and Equity Dialogue—to accomplish its goals.

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Last Updated: 04/28/2022