The Office of Multicultural Healthcare Equality (OMHE) functions to enhance the delivery of DMHAS services for mental health and substance use disorders in a way that acknowledges the impact of individual differences on client treatment, differences such as race, ethnic or cultural background, age, gender, sexual orientation, and physical or mental status.
The goal of the Office of Multicultural Healthcare Equality is to assure that cultural competence is an integral quality of all services that DMHAS provides for people of every ethnic/cultural group.
Office of Multicultural Healthcare Equality Staff
Ellen Boynton, Training Program Coordinator (860) 418-6806
Sandra Kamens, Project Coordinator (860) 418-6956
Elizabeth Flanagan, Associate Research Scientist (203) 764-7592
Aja Freeman, PACCT Intern Coordinator, (860) 418-6618
410 Capitol Avenue. 4th Flr., MS14 OMHE
P.O. Box 341431
Hartford, Ct 06134
Office Fax (860) 418-6792
The Multicultural Training
The DMHAS/OMHE multicultural training recruits 35 participants annually for 21 full days of multicultural training over a ten month period. The students must produce a product which is usually a culturally competent service project for their area of service which can be implemented and replicated in other settings and regions. The persons seek personal awareness of their own culture not only in the class encounter with a diverse body of students but also by means of a personal heritage ethnographic search which is reported to the plenary class. Journals recording new cultural experiences are prepared and submitted for study by training staff.
The 21 day Multicultural training curriculum addresses dealing with clinical issues in the following areas:
Orientation of the class to the course with cultural self-assessment pre-survey
When cultures meet. An opportunity to share and learn about the diverse composition of the class.
What is culture? What is Ethnicity? Cultural parameters.
What is worldview? An in depth experience of how individuals perceive differences.
Communication Styles. An important step toward cultural competence.
Ethnic/Cultural Identity Development
Program Development that incorporates cultural issues.
Europeans Americans. Ethnicities. Cultures. History of immigration and oppression.
African Origin. From Africa to slavery to modern reality of challenges today.
Jewish Issues in Multiculturalism
Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/BI-sexual and Gender Issues
History/Pathology and Healing
Development of Protective Mechanisms Against Racism
Multicultural Ethics in behavioral health settings.
History of PACCT
PACCT is a recruitment and training program funded through the State of CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and is an important workforce development effort.
To provide the substance abuse agencies that serve the Criminal Justice population a pool of qualified addiction counselor candidates who represent our underserved populations.
Tuition free training applicable to the Connecticut substance abuse counselor certification process.
Assist in initiating a career in counseling persons with addictions
Clinical practicum placements are offered.
The Multi-Cultural Leadership Institute, Inc. (MLI)
Executive Director: Tamara L. Petro, M.P.H.
100 S. Turnpike Rd. Suite C
Wallingford, CT 06492
Tel.: (203) 793-1952 Fax: (203) 269-1138
The Multi-Cultural Leadership Institute, Inc. (MLI), is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that was established in 1994. MLIís Mission is to provide leadership for positive change through implementing and coordinating a variety of multicultural and diversity awareness, education, advocacy, and research programs. MLI has worked with DMHAS as a partner of Prevention and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and has been a statewide resource to DMHAS funded programs for training and technical assistance. MLI also helps to co-administer the DMHAS Project for Addictions Cultural Competency (PACCT) program. Please see MLIís website for details: www.mli-inc.org.