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This website has been designed to assist service providers, policy makers, researchers and consumers to take steps to improve the mental health of Latinos in the United States. Latinos are growing in size and spreading throughout the United States. The need for mental health services is great yet Latinos typically do not avail themselves of mental health care. Moreover, service providers oftentimes need help in adapting their services for Latinos.

Users of this website will be able to inform themselves of Latinos and their mental health needs. Policy makers, consumer advocacy groups, and service providers can use the available information to argue for improved services for Latinos. Service providers will find references to guide them in enhancing the cultural appropriateness of their services. The available data can also be used to help in the writing of grant proposals or in making presentations. The user should feel free to download any information that could assist them. For example to obtain a copy of any slide the user should right click on an image and save a copy of the slide to their hard drive.

Development of this website coincided with two recent conferences. The first was the National Congress for Hispanic Mental Health that was held March 21, 2000 in Washington, D.C. and was sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This conference brought together leaders from many sectors (service providers, consumers, federal agencies, faith leaders, and researchers) to form partnerships to improve services for Latinos. The second conference addressed "Disparities in Mental Health Care for Latinos." and was held at the University of California, Los Angeles campus from May 21-23, 2000. This conference, which had both a research and policy focus, was sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, SAMHSA,, and UCLA. These institutions also supported the development of this website. Together we want to make research and data available to others so that we can reduce the burden of mental illness and enhance the mental health de nuestra gente.

We hope you find the website useful.

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