Department of Behavioral Health - Equity

Cultural Humility Committee Graphic Hands Making a Tree

Racism is a Public Health Crisis

On March 16, 2021, a consortium of county leaders, including the County Behavioral Health Directors of California, issued a statement supporting that racism is a public health crisis.  Please review the attached document for the commitment our department is making with this statement.

Please note that the issuance of this statement is not a box that we check off, and then, sit back.  This statement is part of holding ourselves accountable to do the work that the statement commits to.  Our department is already on this path and I am hopeful that our continued work will move us steadily toward these aims.  I am committed.  

- Dawan Utecht, Director, Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Equity

The Cultural Humility Committee (CHC) formerly known as the Cultural Competency Committee (CCC) of the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health strives to reduce/eliminate cultural disparity by improving access to culturally and linguistically sensitive/competent mental health services for individuals living with mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. 

The CHC works collaboratively to promote and enhance awareness of and improve competency for cultural and linguistic diversity in Fresno County.

CHC needs your support and participation to achieve continuing: Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Education, Stigma Reduction, Suicide Prevention, Cultural/Community Defined Practices, Wellness Recovery & Resiliency Support, and Cultural Competency.

CHC meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at Heritage Centre, 3127 N Millbrook Ave. Fresno, CA. 93703 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am. 

For more information, please contact our Diversity Services Coordinator, Dr. Tiffany White or call (559) 600-0702

Cultural Humility Committee Co-Chairs
Dr. Tiffany White, EdD, MFT-Diversity Services Coordinator.
Ahmad Bahrami, MBA. Ethnic Services Manager/Division Manager  

CHC Contact List


CHC Chair/Fresno County Ethnic Services Manager

  • Ahmad Bahrami, Division Manager Public Behavioral Health


Health Equity Multi-Cultural Diversity Training (HEMCDT)


Mental Health Terms — Resources

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If you have a Behavioral Health emergency
please call 9-1-1

For Access to Services or the Crisis Line,
1 800 654-3937

 CalHOPE Warm Line
1 833 317-HOPE(4673)

Central Valley Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 800 273-8255