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Office of Mental Health

Statewide Multicultural Advisory (SMAC)

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The SMAC advises the Office of Mental Health on policies and activities that can reduce disparities in quality, access and treatment outcomes for members of marginalized populations.

These populations include but are not limited to:
  • people of color
  • members of the LBGTQ community
  • older adults
  • rural New Yorkers
  • Veterans
  • immigrants
  • people with disabilities (including physical)
  • people who have limited English proficiency

Current SMAC Membership

SMAC Chair: Wilfred H. Farquharson IV
SMAC Co-Chair: Suzanne Stoute

SMAC Members:
  • Richard Byamugisha
  • Seongeun Chun
  • Robert Coffman
  • Rossana Coto-Batres
  • Antoine B. Craigwell
  • Angela Turner Dougherty
  • Lisa Furst
  • Aleisha L. Garvin
  • Cecilia Gentili
  • Jennifer Hernandez
  • Pete Hill
  • Pascale Jean-Noel
  • Oscar Jimenez-Solomon
  • Tina Yun Lee
  • Mary L. Maruscak
  • Haileigh Nelson
  • Lenora Reid-Rose
  • Cynthia Timms
  • Imari Wilson

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