Mary Lou Jaramillo, Gayle Laney and John Fierro:

Cultural Competency and Mental Health in the Hispanic Community of Jackson County, Missouri

Mattie Rhodes Center


Abstract and Summary


The presentation is both research based and best practice.  The 81-page report contains demographics using Census 2000, Cultural Competency Benchmarks developed by the Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health, and national mental health trends provided by the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health, and by the Department of Health and Human Services, “Mental Health, Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.”


The report also highlights outcome data from Mattie Rhodes Center ‘s adult and child therapy programs, domestic violence intervention, and parenting groups.  In addition, the document provides a survey of Jackson County, Missouri mental health providers and their capacity to provide bilingual clinical services.


Presentation will consist of 10 minutes of highlights from the agency study, 5 minutes on how the organization has used the findings to address critical needs, promote networks, and increase resources for service delivery to the Hispanic community of Kansas City, Missouri, and 5 minutes for questions and answers.


The report will focus on local level demographics for the Hispanic population of Jackson County, Missouri.  A brief overview of the status of education, economic, employment, and health care conditions for our target client population will be discussed.  


Contact Information:


Mary Lou Jaramillo – Executive Director

Gayle Laney – Clinical Director

John Fierro – Development Director

Mattie Rhodes Center

1740 Jefferson Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64108