Our History

MACC is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit statewide membership organization. A fourteen-member board of directors governs the organization. Board members represent consumers, consumer family members, advocates, behavioral, health professionals, and other human service disciplines that care for vulnerable populations and are nominated and elected by the membership committee.

The organization has worked over the years to eliminate disparities/inequities in behavioral/physical health, social services and other systems of care among racial, ethnic and cultural communities. MACC continues to host a yearly statewide training conference and annual meeting, regional lectures/trainings, a Resource Library, online calendar of cultural trainings, events and research conferences and provides technical assistance and cultural audits to assist organizations and individuals on their road to cultural proficiency.

Historical Timeline

1984 - the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) established the Minority Concerns Committee to look at mental health service utilization of minority populations in Ohio.

1990 - the Multi-Ethnic Mental Health Consortium was established and funded by ODMH. The name was later changed to the Multi-Ethnic Behavioral Health Consortium to reflect the inclusion of substance use and co-occurring disorders.

2000 - the Consortium in partnership with ODMH developed the highly acclaimed Consolidated Cultural Assessment Tool (C-CAT) to assist behavioral health providers and boards in assessing their level of cultural competence.

2003 - the Consortium was formally organized, as the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC) to make cultural competence a cornerstone in Ohio's behavioral health system.

2006 - MACC conducted the first ever-statewide mental health needs assessment among eleven racial, ethnic and cultural communities titled, “Learning Your Needs” Cultural Competence Needs Assessment Project 2006

2008 - the Cultural Competence Needs Assessment Project was updated to include the Somali culture

2010 - MACC worked with the ODMH, Ohio state departments/agencies, cultural organizations, consumers/families and others to adopt the first in the nation state cultural competence definition.