The Office of Multicultural Health Equity (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 Health Equity is to assure that cultural competence is an integral quality of all services that DMHAS provides for people of every ethnic/cultural group.
- OMHE Strategic Plan 2021-2023
- Commissioner's Policy Statement On Cultural Competency
- OMHE Staff
- Programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- History of OMHE Accomplishments
- The Multicultural Advisory Council (MCAC)
- The Multicultural Training
- Cultural Competency Plans for Behavioral Health Agencies
- DMHAS/OMHE Multi-Cultural Behavioral Health Standard Practices
- Mental Health: Culture, Race & Ethnicity (supplement to the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health)
- Addressing Disparities and Improving Cultural Competence Within a Statewide System of Care
- An Evaluation of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in State Inpatient Services
- Culture and Behavioral Health Service Delivery: An Analysis of Focus Group Findings
- American Sign Language Request Form (for OOC use only)
Office of Multicultural Health Equity Staff
Samia Hussein, Director, (860) 418-6806
Cynthia Martin, Trainer, (860) 418-6604
Sharon Greaves, Administrative Assistant (860) 418-6758
Elizabeth Flanagan, Associate Research Scientist (203) 764-7592
410 Capitol Avenue. 4th Fl., 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.
- Latinos/Hispanic cultures.
- Native Americans
- Asian Americans
- Jewish Issues in Multiculturalism
- Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/BI-sexual and Gender Issues
- Psycho-educational groups
- History/Pathology and Healing
- Development of Protective Mechanisms Against Racism
- Multicultural Ethics in behavioral health settings.