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Office of Mental Health

Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The New York State Office of Mental Health’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion integrates cultural competence through the following functions:

  • Lead trainings on the importance of infusing cultural and linguistic competence throughout agency policies and clinical practices.
  • Ensure cultural competence is implemented within program policies.
  • Provide technical assistance to OMH facilities as well as agencies licensed by OMH.
  • Facilitate quarterly meetings between OMH and the Multicultural Advisory Committee.
  • Overseeing OMH’s efforts to recruit and create a diverse workforce and to maintain an inclusive work environment.
  • Ensuring individuals who have limited English proficiency receive language access services.

Mailing Address

New York State Office of Mental Health
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, New York 12229

Main phone number: (518) 473-4548

Contact the Bureau of Cultural Competence
Matthew Canuteson, MA, Office of Diversity and Inclusion Officer - Director, Bureau of Cultural Competence
Sara Riggins, LMSW Advocacy Specialist 2
Talia Santiago, Advocacy Specialist 2
Shannon Cornwall, MA, Equal Opportunity Specialist 1
Darlene Ebron, Bureau Secretary


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Questions related to OMH’s diversity and inclusion efforts should be directed to OMH’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Matthew Canuteson.