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A Culturally Competent Rehabilitation Readiness Guide


The process of rehabilitation readiness, as designed at the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation helps consumers feel more confident, aware and committed to the process of rehabilitation before they actually begin setting their rehabilitation goals. However, while the process of rehabilitation readiness has been developed in detail and used extensively with individuals with serious psychiatric disability, it was not designed to reflect Latino experiences, cultural beliefs and common barriers to using rehabilitation services. Latinos now constitute approximately 14% of the U.S. population. Literature suggests enormous disparities in the availability of services. We successfully gathered information about Latino consumers’ readiness experiences and designed a tool to assess individual’s readiness for rehabilitation in an effective and culturally appropriate way.

This web cast describes how the project successfully developed a culturally competent Rehabilitation Readiness Tool for Latino Consumers with serious psychiatric disabilities. This new Spanish guide will allow rehabilitation professionals, family members, and/or other natural supports to help Latino consumers assess their readiness to engage in the rehabilitation process. To develop the guide we collaborated with Maria Sardinas Center (MSC) and South Bay Guidance Center (SBGC), both programs of Community Research Foundation (CRF), a private non-profit organization in San Diego, CA, and Center house Inc., and Casa Primavera both programs of Bay Cove Human Services in Boston, MA. In the last year we also collaborated with Henry Acosta at the New Jersey Mental Health Institute in New Jersey, The Puerto Rican Family Institute in NY and the Holyoke Health Center in Holyoke, MA.

Speakers: Maria Restrepo-Toro, MS