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Technical Report


Minority Groups; Mental Health Services; Mentally Ill Persons; Social Support; Peer Group; Massachusetts


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Health | Sociology


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).

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Cabral L, et al. (2011). Understanding How Ethnic and Cultural Minorities Perceive Peer Support and Recovery: Final Report. Shrewsbury, Mass.: The Center for Health Policy and Research.

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