DMHAS: Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Institutional Review Board
Federal wide Assurance # 00001516; 
IRB Registration # 0001878
Janet Storey, MSW, IRB Chair, 860-418-6823,
The Office of the Commissioner - Institutional Review Board (OOC IRB) is constituted in order to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects participating in DMHAS sponsored or approved research.  The OOC IRB reviews research involving human subjects conducted in state operated facilities - including research sponsored by DMHAS and research sponsored by non-DMHAS institutions. 
When conducted by a non-DMHAS institution, not under contract by DMHAS, research must also be reviewed through a multi-stage process. This process is most usually initiated when the state-operated facility where the study recruitment or interventions will occur forwards a letter of endorsement to the DMHAS Research Director and the investigator forwards an IRB Application to the DMHAS IRB. Following receipt of both the letter of endorsement and the IRB Application, the DMHAS Research Director will initiate the Commissioner’s review, which involves review of scientific merit, review of administrative impact upon DMHAS and review of human subject protections by the IRB in accordance with federal regulations. Final approval by the Commissioner will be based upon IRB approval, a favorable assessment related to scientific merit and a favorable assessment related to administrative impact.          

OOC IRB policy, guidelines regarding filing an application for IRB approval as well as the necessary forms can be accessed online or from the OOC IRB office.    

Mailing Address:
Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Institutional Review Board - Office of the Commissioner
Janet Storey, IRB Chair
410 Capitol Avenue ,
PO 341431
Hartford, CT 06134

Applications and Forms for Use by Investigators

Applications and other forms should be completed electronically on your PC using the Microsoft word version. Either a check box or a shaded area follows each question. For yes or no responses click on the desired box.  For questions requiring a narrative answer click onto the shaded area and enter your response. Save the application to one of your files and print out.  An electronic copy may be forwarded via email but must be followed by a signed hard copy.

  IRB Membership List:




Rev. James Cook, Sr.

Minister, Re-Entry Specialist, Prisoner Interests Representative

Nancy Covell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University Medical Center 

Annette Medero, BS
TOIVO Hispanic Initiative Director, Advocacy Unlimited

David Eppner, BS

Counselor - The Hartford Dispensary,
Prisoner Interests Representative 

Kristina Hallett, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Clinical Training
Bay Path University
Janet Storey, MSW
Behavioral Health Program Manager

  IRB Meeting Schedule

 2018 Meetings
August-no meeting

The initial “Application for IRB Approval” should be submitted to the IRB by the first of the month in order to be scheduled for review during that month.   The investigator should contact the IRB chair to confirm the date at which the application will be reviewed.  

The “Application for Continuing Approval” should be submitted to the IRB on the first of the month during which the application will be reviewed. 

Principal Investigators are generally asked to be available by phone during the IRB meeting at which their study is reviewed in order to respond to any questions that may arise.  

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