In March, 2003, the National Implementation Research Network and the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute convened a meeting of experts in the area of children’s mental health and cultural competence. These included the developers of evidence-based programs for children; individuals with expertise on African American, Asian American Pacific Islander, Latino, and Native American issues; as well as researchers, family members, and stakeholders. The goals of the meeting were twofold. The first was to address the applicability and appropriateness of evidence-based programs for children and adolescents of different cultures and, second, to increase the capacity of systems to develop and implement culturally relevant approaches.
At the meeting, participants developed a consensus statement of what we know and what we do not know about the relationship between evidence-based programs and cultural competence. The objective of this consensus statement is to provide both a platform and a guide for discussions and decisions related to the cultural relevance of evidence-based programs for children and adolescents. Participants also developed recommendations for future action.