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 can be accessed on the SAMHSA Grants page for Special Conditions of Awards for Behavioral Health Disparity. Issue Briefs and Guides A Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Services A companion guide to the CMS Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You. This guide provides instruction on how to use mental health and substance use disorder services (available in English (PDF | 833) and Spanish (PDF | 837 KB)). Una Guía Hacia la Salud de Conducta (PDF | 837 KB) Una guía sobre cómo usar los servicios para los trastornos de salud mental y de abuso de sustancias. Advancing Best Practices in Behavioral Health for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Boys and Men This brief highlights existing programs that address behavioral health disparities among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander boys and young men. It also outlines effective tools and best practices in working with this population. A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Boys and Men: Jumpstarting an Overdue Conversation This brief highlights issues specific to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander males. It provides clinicians with data on the prevalence of depression, suicide, and substance use disorders within these populations.