Statewide Multi-Cultural Council
MISSION: To support the Recovery Mission of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) through the continual development of a culturally aware, culturally knowledgeable and culturally skilled workforce.
PHILOSOPHY: SCDMH considers cultural competence a priority. Culture is dynamic therefore cultural competence must be an ongoing process. Valuing individual and group cultural differences is critical to achieving the organizational goals.
DEFINITION: Cultural competence is the effective use of social and interpersonal knowledge and skills that demonstrate understanding and appreciation of individual and group differences and similarities. Services are more effective when they are provided within the most meaningful and relevant cultural context for persons served.