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.
Ellen Boynton, Director, (860) 418-6806
Sandra Kamens, Project Coordinator (860) 418-6956
Elizabeth Flanagan, Associate Research Scientist (203) 764-7592
Neiima Edwards, PACCT Intern Coordinator, (860) 418-6618
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:
History of PACCT
Executive Director: Tamara L. Petro, M.P.H.
The Multicultural Leadership Institute, Inc. (MLI) is a private, non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation that was established in 1997. Our Mission is to provide leadership for positive social change through implementing and coordinating multicultural and diversity awareness, education, advocacy, and research programs.
MLI was first established in 1997, out of a response to a community need “to address the issues of need, accessibility and appropriateness of substance abuse treatment, intervention, and prevention services for ethnic and minority individuals and groups in Connecticut.” Since our founding, the State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) has funded MLI to conduct its multicultural and diversity related prevention services that support DMHAS Prevention and Treatment services, programs and initiatives. We are considered by DMHAS to be a primary “Resource Link” for building the capacity of Prevention-oriented, priority programs in DMHAS-supported communities across Connecticut. We also co-sponsor the Project on Addictions Cultural Competency (PACCT) Training program, along with the DMHAS-Office of Multicultural Healthcare Equity, as part of our federal SAMHSA- Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant activities.
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