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Mission Statement
The mission of the Multicultural Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to address issues of quality and quantity in mental health services and staffing, and to develop a recovery oriented service delivery system which promotes education and best practice strategies that are appropriate to the lifestyles, special needs and strengths of New Jersey's diverse minority and cultural groups.  The MSAC, under the auspices of the Division of Mental Health Services, ensures that mental health services are culturally sensitive, culturally competent and accessible in a language understood by the consumers and families. 
 
 
Vision Statement
MSAC supports the consumer's journey to wellness and recovery through the provision of stigma-free mental health services that are culturally and linguistically competent.  By partnering with mental health providers, consumers and their families in the planning, development and implementation of culturally and linguistically effective services, disparities and stigma that exist within New Jersey's mental health delivery system will be minimized.  Training of staff, agencies, people in recovery and family members is essential to achieve a transformed recovery oriented system.
 
 
Goals
1. To integrate cultural and linguistic competence and expectations into all services and programs , including self-help centers, operated, funded and licensed by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).
2. To improve access to quality consumer-centered services through the provision of culturally and linguistically competent services.
3. To promote on-going technical assistance, training ,outreach and consultation on cultural and linguistic issues which encompass concepts of Wellness and Recovery for provider agencies, self-help centers, consumers and family members.and family members.
4. To reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in mental health and physical health for minority populations.
 
 
Meetings and Location
Meetings are scheduled for the 4th Friday of the month and are held at Quakerbridge Plaza, Building 6, 2nd Floor Library.  For information, please contact Bill.Chepiga@dhs.state.nj.us
 
 
 
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