OhioMHAS is pleased to announce that the Deaf Services Center (DSC) has been awarded a $120,000 training grant to provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. DSC and the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center’s Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, with support and collaboration from the Community Centers for the Deaf throughout the state are creating a unique, innovative and fundamental training for mental health agencies that will allow frontline employees as well as clinical staff to more effectively interact and serve clients who are deaf or hard of hearing. The training will provide information to ensure that clinicians are culturally competent to serve those with diverse communication needs, particularly those whose preferred mode of communication is American Sign Language (ASL). In addition to increasing awareness of the unique needs of this population, the goal of the project is to ensure that deaf individuals have equal access to mental health services and treatment programs by ensuring that service providers have the necessary information to deliver effective and proficient care. Project goals include basic ASL instruction to as well as live and video trainings. For more information, visit www.www.dsc.org.