Event Description: Learn more about innovative approaches to supporting better outcomes for those who provide care as well as those seeking and receiving behavioral health care in communities of color in New England!

Event Date: May 13 - 15, 2024

Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM ET

Participation certificates and up to 6 CE credits available

Virtual Event: This is a series of live daily webinars. No pre-event review of course materials/recordings are required for participation.

Daily Overview: Review our daily schedule

11:00 a.m. Welcome and Session Plan

11:05 a.m. Opening Remarks

11:10 a.m. Featured Presentation(s)

12:00 p.m. Mindful Break

12:10 p.m. Panel Discussion(s) and Q&A

12:50 p.m. Closing Remarks

Event Format: Live-interactive webinar series; 3 days, 2 hours/day; Interactive panel discussions and Q&A opportunities will be available.

Daily Agenda and Featured Speakers: Stay posted for speaker updates

(Confirmed speakers, in order of appearance)


Engaging Communities of Color: It's About Health Equity

Collaborating Partner

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Rachel Brase, MPH

Regional Behavioral Health Advisor, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Dietra D. Hawkins, PsyD

CEO, Founder of Both And Partners, Inc.

Yamilet Rodriguez

Latine LET(s) Lead Fellow

Raquelle Mesholam-Gately PhD

Harvard Site Co-Director

Joey Rodriguez 

Harvard Site Program Strategist

Janis Tondora, PsyD

Principal Investigator and Co-Director

New England MHTTC

Kristine Irizarry

LET(s) Lead Fellow

MHTTC Education Manager

Lola Nedic 

Harvard Site Coordinator

Holly Echo-Hawk MSc

Tribal Behavioral Health Subject Matter Expert

Collaborating Partners

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Theme: Recruiting, Training, Retaining Diverse Professionals Across the Career Lattice

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Theme: Grounding Community Engagement in Social Justice and Equity

Erin Burnett, PPS


New England PTTC

Tamar Dalcé Coles, MEd 2023 New England PTTC Research and Design Fellow (Rhode Island)

Haner Hernández, PhD CPS, CADCII, LADCI Trainer, Facilitator New England ATTC

FJ Perfas, CPS 2023 New England PTTC Research and Design Fellow (Massachusetts)

Christina Mancebo-Torres, MPH Assistant Director and Co-Founder Centro de Ayuda y Esperanza Latina, Inc.

Theme: Prioritizing Racial Equity and Cultural Humility in the Workplace

Collaborating Partner

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Michael Askew

Deputy Director

Office of Recovery


Ashley Stewart, PhD, MSW

Director of Health Equity

C4 Innovations

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Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, MS


New England MHTTC

More About Our Daily Mindful Break Opportunities...

Our regional training event will feature daily opportunities to simply take a break to reflect on the present mindful moment. Taking regular, mindful breaks throughout the day helps to not only improve your concentration and overall productivity but importantly it helps to re-energize your mind.

Stay posted for updates on our featured trainers.

This is a no-cost training and technical assistance activity. As such, there is no refund or cancellation policy associated.

Registration will remain open throughout the course of this virtual training event.

Learning Objectives: Presenters, including clinicians, researchers, faith and community leaders, and people with lived expertise, will share strategies designed to help attendees:

  • Deliver culturally competent care
  • Create recovery-ready workplaces
  • Integrate peer support in the workforce
  • Build career ladders for existing staff and retain early career staff

Target Audience and Content Level: This regional training activity is designed to support the behavioral health workforce, including direct care practitioners, family advocates, school, organizational, and/or government leaders and staff, as well as people with lived experience in mental health illness, substance abuse, and/or the journey of recovery. The content level will focus on participant knowledge retention and participant satisfaction with the training and their motivation to apply the learning.

System Technology Requirements: Please ensure your viewing device complies with the following:

  • Must be on a device that allows you to view MP4 files
  • Ensure you have a strong enough internet speed to stream
  • Ensure you don't have firewalls blocking the video (some firewalls block some HTTP addresses)


We will be using Zoom for the viewing of our live sessions. In order to have the best experience for Zoom, please download the application here: https://zoom.us.


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Thanks to a partnership with C4 Innovations, we are offering two (2) hours of CE credits per day for participation in this virtual training event from the following entities:

  • Association of Social Work Boards
  • NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors)
  • NAADAC (National Association for Addiction Professionals)

Participants will receive a content check quiz link, and a separate link to request an attendance certificate, within 30 days of the completion of our event.

Upon successful completion of the content check quiz, i.e., a passing score of 80% on a post-test consisting of multiple-choice questions, attendees will receive a CE certificate via email within one month.

Please note, you must complete both the quiz and the certificate request form in order to receive CE credit and an attendance certificate.

C4 Innovations, Provider #1457, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. C4 Innovations maintains responsibility for this webinar series. ACE provider approval period: 10/17/2020-10/17/2023. Social workers completing this webinar series can receive up to 8 continuing education credits.

C4 Innovations has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. C4 Innovations is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This webinar series has been approved by C4 Innovations, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, C4 Innovations is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

The TTC Network requires an evaluation of all services. At the close of each daily webinar, you will receive a link to an evaluation survey. We appreciate your honest, anonymous feedback, which will provide information to SAMHSA and assist us in planning future meetings and programs. Your feedback counts!

The resources supporting this regional training activity will meet the compliance requirements for ensuring public access to information. For specific sessions supporting presenters and attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing, we will offer an American Sign Language interpreter. Additionally closed-captioning supports, in English, Spanish, and a host of other languages will be available via our online platform.

Questions, Accommodation Requests?

Contact us.