Center for Health Policy and Research
Medical Subject Headings
Minority Groups; Mental Health Services; Mentally Ill Persons; Social Support; Peer Group; Massachusetts
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Public Health
Overview: Mental health systems transformation has had the promotion of recovery and peer support at its core. In order to better understand how people of different cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds understand and interpret the concepts of mental health, mental illness, recovery and peer support, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) and MassHealth asked the Center for Health Policy and Research at UMass Medical School to conduct a study exploring these issues. Two specific cultural groups were identified to be the focus of this study – Latinos and individuals who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing (D/HH).