Minority Programs: Latino Population

Fact Sheet:  Latinos/Hispanic Americans


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of Health and Human Services


Format           Fact sheet

This fact sheet provides statistics on Latinos/Hispanic Americans; stresses the need for Mental Health Care for this population; discusses the availability of, access to and use of Mental Health Services by Latinos/Hispanic Americans; and explores the appropriateness and Outcomes of Mental Health Services.

Contact URL  http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cre/fact3.asp


Contact Agency      

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Department of Health and Human Services

P.O. Box 42557

Washington, DC 20015

1-800-789-2647, Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): 866-889-2647, 240-747-5475 (International), Fax:240-747-5470



Fiesta Educativa Inc.           


Format             Support program


Fiesta Educativa, a non-profit organization, was founded in California in 1978 to inform and assist Latino families in obtaining services and in caring for their children with special needs. Fiesta Educativa was formed by family members and professionals who recognized the need to provide assistance and advocacy to these Spanish-speaking families.  Fiesta Educativa is one of the few organizations in the Country that is dedicated to empowering the Latino families of persons with special needs through education, training, referral, and information. This is accomplished through various projects such as the Annual Conference, which is held every summer at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. This statewide event provides an opportunity for parents and professionals from California and throughout the United States to meet and exchange ideas and information. Fiesta Educativa collaborates with all generic, public and private organizations in assisting families to obtain services.


Contact URL  http://www.fiestaeducativa.org/accessible/index.html


Contact Agency      

Fiesta Educativa, Inc.
3839 Selig Place
Los Angeles, CA 90031


Phone (323) 221-6696

Fax (323) 221-6699



Hispanic or Latino Deaf Community       


Format             website

Hispanic or Latino Deaf Community

This website lists conferences, organizations, and websites about deaf Latinos.


Contact URL  http://deafness.about.com/cs/subcultures/a/hispanic.htm



 The Latino Community and Disabilities: Confronting the Barriers, September 17 & 18, 2004, Woodbridge Hilton, Iselin, NJ 



Format             Conference  


This two-day conference provided information on the first day for disability service providers in New Jersey to build awareness about strategies for supporting individuals with disabilities and their families in Latino communities in New Jersey and on the second day for Latino/ Hispanic community-based organizations, people with disabilities, families, churches and faith-based services, to build awareness about resources and services to support children and adults with disabilities in New Jersey.   Included were presentations on topics including how to remove cultural and attitudinal barriers when dealing with Latinos with disabilities, how to ensure effective strategies to families with limited English proficiency, how to reach out to Latino families and organizations in a service area to promote their needs and rights, understanding the Latino family, and the importance of early intervention for children with disabilities.


Contact URL

Contact Name          

Beth Ong


Contact Agency      

The Boggs Center

P.O. Box 2688

New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2688


Fax: 732-235-9330



National Center for Latinos with Disabilities, Inc. (NCLD)      


Format             Advocacy organization        


NCLD is a not-for-profit statewide organization focusing on empowerment of Latinos with disabilities and their families by providing linguistically and culturally appropriate advocacy, training, and information and referral programs.               


Contact URL              http://homepage.interaccess.com/%7Encld/


Contact Agency      

National Center for Latinos with Disabilities, Inc.
1921 S. Blue Island Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60608





The National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA)  


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services       


Format             Advocacy organization        

NLBHA provides a unified national voice for Latino populations in the behavioral health arena and brings attention to disparities that exist in the areas of access, utilization, practice based research and adequately trained personnel.  As part of its mission, NLBHA is using the national agenda and action plan created at the National Congress for Hispanic Mental Health as guideposts in improving the mental health and substance abuse needs of Latino families and communities.


Contact URL  http://www.nlbha.org/Default.asp


Contact Agency

NLBHA Headquarters
P. O. Box 387
Berthoud, CO 80513

(970) 532-7210

Fax (970) 532-7209               


Proyecto Prevencion

Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities

Format             Project          

The premise of this project is that in the Latino community, selected health risk factors, combined with rates of disability somewhat higher than the general population (20.9% Hispanics for U.S.; 19.3% overall for U.S.) define a group of individuals at high risk for poor health and secondary disabling conditions. This is exacerbated by the fact that health promotion activities for Latinos, particularly those targeted to Latinos with a disability, face tremendous barriers. In the first few months of the project, a statewide Latino Health Advisory Council (LHAC) was developed, as well as a draft Latino-specific health communications plan for targeted activities to promote healthy living practices that prevent secondary disabling conditions among this population.

Contact URL http://www.cpd.usu.edu/projects/view_project.php?pid=8377

Contact Name

Judith Holt, PhD

Contact Agency

Division Director, Interdisciplinary Training


Fax: 435-797-7219