Racial and Ethnic Minorities Accessing Government-Funded First-Episode Psychosis Programs

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Challenges to accessing mental health care causes a postponement of mental health care for racial and ethnic minorities through stigma, cultural principles, client necessity, and available services. Applying mental health needs for all racial ethnicities and backgrounds in every FEP government-funded program reduces common collective negative effects of mental health services. Mental health inequity emphasizes the magnitude of the importance of understanding and addressing discrepancies as well as appreciating how historical and contemporary injustices shape the unequal distribution of mental health and health resources among racial and ethnic minorities. This study aspired to show the social factor of mental health disparities, specifically discrimination, results from socioeconomic hardship, lack of employment and education, impoverished communities, difficulty in accessing mental health care, and the need for cultural competence. This study recognizes the need of supportive elements for racial and ethnic minorities suffering from mental health who are anxious when accessing services.
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Public Administration
Public Administration, Health Care