This two year pilot study, Idaho Partnership for Hispanic Mental Health, will conduct a community assessment which will: 1) further knowledge about Hispanics' perceptions and beliefs about mental illness, and behaviors and preferences regarding mental health treatment, and 2) assess southwest Idaho's mental health provider organizations' knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding their services to Hispanic individuals, and gaps in service access and provision for Hispanics. As barriers to Hispanics access and use of mental health services are already well-documented, the purpose of this community assessment will be to inform the improvement of mental health service delivery. The project will use a community-based participatory research approach building on strong equitable partnerships between the research organizations and the Hispanic community. Semi-structured interviews with 240 adult Hispanics residing in southwest Idaho, qualitative interviews with 90 of these participants, and qualitative interviews with 35 southwest Idaho mental health service providers. The project's data findings will be used to prioritize infrastructure development and capacity building actions to respond to Hispanics' mental health service needs. Also, findings will inform efforts to improve the cultural relevance, responsiveness, and accessibility of community-based mental health services for southwest Idaho Hispanics.

National Institute of Mental Health
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