BHSD shall participate in the state's efforts to promote the delivery of services in a culturally competent manner to all beneficiaries, including those with limited English proficiency and diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, disabilities, and regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. BHSD shall accept beneficiary applicants in the order they applied and shall not discriminate regardless of health status or need for health care services, race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, and ensure high-quality services that are equitable to underserved, accessible and responsive to socially disadvantaged and ethnically diverse groups, which include culturally and linguistically appropriate services. BHSD shall uphold the national CLAS standards.
- BHSD will not engage in any unlawful discriminatory practices in the admission of beneficiaries, assignments of accommodations, treatment, evaluation, employment of personnel, or in any other respect on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, religion, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or mental or physical handicap or disability. BHSD will not discriminate against providers that serve high-risk populations or specialize in conditions that require costly treatment.
- BHSD will comply with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, pertaining to the prohibition of discrimination against qualified handicapped persons in all federally assisted programs or activities, as detailed in regulations signed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, effective June 2, 1977, and found in the Federal Register, Volume 42, No. 86, dated May 4, 1977.
- BHSD will include the nondiscrimination and compliance provisions of this contract in all subcontracts to perform work under this contract.