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Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics

Initial project implementation was made possible by an educational grant from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.  Subsequent funding from Princeton Financial Systems/State Street New Jersey has allowed for the expansion of project activities, which aim to address the nationwide lack of access to mental health and behavioral health services for Hispanics. The project aims to understand the beliefs, attitudes, and barriers facing the Hispanic population in need of mental health services and to implement effective strategies to address identified barriers. The objectives of this two-year anti-stigma and anti-discrimination project focus on in-depth research, which entails conducting a comprehensive literature review and analysis and conducting our own information gathering, training, information dissemination, an evaluation component, and the creation of a model that includes best practices for mental health agencies and clinicians to utilize in order to attract and retain Hispanics in mental health services.  Project activities focus on the four largest Hispanic groups in the State of New Jersey, which happen to coincide with national demographics, as reported by U.S. Census 2000 data.