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Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase

About the Project

About the Project

SAMHSA Region 1’s Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase (DIPS) is an initiative that aims to connect a more diverse pool of historically marginalized populations to grant funding opportunities by providing the chance to showcase their goals and populations served, to federal and state leaders, as well as philanthropic partners in a round robin-style of innovation.

The DIPS model helps to connect community-based organizations (CBOs) to funders and advocates at all levels, (e.g., federal, philanthropic organizations, stakeholders, and communities).

As a convener, SAMHSA has the ability to assemble CBOs/local nonprofits serving historically marginalized populations with the intention of enhancing the visibility and viability of these entities through the cultivation of partnerships.

DIPS categories may include:

DIPS categories may include:

  • faith-based organizations
  • housing
  • older adults
  • pregnant and parenting women
  • reentry and justice
  • serious mental illness
  • veterans
  • workforce development
  • youth
  • and endless other possibilities

Contact Us

Taylor Bryan Turner
Assistant Regional Administrator
New England, Region 1
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Suite 1826
Boston, MA 02203

mission & goal


Create a safe space to cultivate strong partnerships for equitable and healthier communities.


Provide diverse non-profit organizations an opportunity to present their purpose, community served, and impact to funding entities interested in strengthening behavioral health.

DIPS is a highly innovative initiative to bring greater equity, inclusion, and funding to community-based behavioral health services in New England and beyond! The model is a concrete step toward increasing the access of historically marginalized groups to grants and other sources of financial support for the important work they do every day.

Who Should Attend a DIPS?

Who Should Attend a DIPS?

Federal Partners: Learn about a new and creative way to assist partners with engaging Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) community-based organizations who might benefit from your programs.

State Leadership: Discover creative ways to engage BIPOC nonprofits, match programs to people, and gain access to a database to ease outreach.

Philanthropy: Explore CBOs that might benefit from your BIPOC investment initiatives.

CBOs: Understand how to showcase your business to potential funding partners, access training and technical assistance, gain exposure, and sign up for a learning community exclusively created to address the multiple levels of cultural responsiveness needed for optimal behavioral health treatment, recovery, and care. If you are interested in presenting your organization at a DIPS event, please email:

Community Members: Come be inspired, bring hope back to your communities, learn where to get mental health support services, and celebrate organizations dedicated to mental health.

Past Events and Presentations

Celebrate innovation in a "Round-Robin-style" presentation at a Diversity and Inclusion Project Showcase (DIPS) event hosted by the New England MHTTC. This event, tentatively scheduled for late-October, will amplify the work of community-based organizations and nonprofits in the New England region supporting mental health and advancing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery of Asian American and Pacific Islander populations in the region.

Region 1 held the first in person, hybrid DIPS dedicated to Pride and LGBTQ centered CBOs. The New England Prevention Technology Center invited the DIPS model to open at the 54th New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, gathering for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. CBOs were able to host tables with resources and giveaways for the in-person audience after presenting in front of 300+ people in a hybrid setting at Worcester State University, giving participants the opportunity to network in real-time and begin the partnering process. Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont CBOs were able to present alongside allies NAMI NH and SAMHSA’s Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ BH Equity who were able to share their resources to the presenters. We were pleased to have Acting DAS Tom Coderre there to provide closing remarks!

On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, SAMHSA Region 1 will co-host a Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase to raise Deaf Awareness in recovery spaces.

If you know of an agency in Maine, Vermont or Rhode Island that may be interested in sharing, please email

Wednesday October 12, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Hosted By: New England MHTTC

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, join our efforts to amplify the work of community-based organizations (CBOs) and nonprofits in New England supporting mental health and advancing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery in Hispanic/Latino communities.

Watch the presentation (52 minutes, 51 seconds)

During Minority Mental Health Month, join our efforts to amplify the work of community-based organizations (CBOs) in Connecticut and New Hampshire supporting mental health and advancing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery!

Wednesday June 22, 2022 5 p.m. ET

In February of 2021, the HHS Region 1 hosted the first Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase (DIPS) through their Behavioral Health Matters Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase event. Building on the model created by Region 1, the SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) and NNED National Facilitation Center created a DIPS event that engaged all ten HHS regions. This first event, held in August 2021 brought together NNED community-based organizations (CBOs), state and regional leaders, and philanthropic organizations.

DIPS for Dollars - A two-day webinar series to provide information about service, loan repayment, and fellowship opportunities for HBCU students and Black American practitioners in behavioral health fields.


The DIPS Model is supported by the SAMHSA Region 1 Office. Events are further supported by partners in the New England Technology Transfer Center Network.


“The Diversity and Inclusion Project Showcase (DIPS) was an exceptional opportunity to connect recovery oriented organizations that serve historically marginalized populations with training and technical assistance purveyors, policy makers and funders, and state leaders. As the Director of the New England ATTC, participation in DIPS linked us to new partner organizations and challenged us to expand our training and technical assistance offerings to meet their needs. As one concrete example, our participation in DIPS led directly to development of a new intensive technical assistance curriculum to help the faith-based community learn principles of harm reduction. We developed this new curriculum in partnership with New Life II Ministries, one of the featured presenters in DIPS who heard a brief overview of our center during the DIPS program. Our partnership was truly a direct outgrowth of the DIPS program and will result in curriculum that will benefit the entire 6-state region."

Sara Becker
Director of the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center

“All I can say is Wow! This was an awesome event and with a group of awesome people. I'm looking forward to doing this again and again friends! Recovery Rocks!”

Daryl McGraw, M.S., CAC, CCJP (He/Him/His)
Associate Director
Social Justice Center for Recovery and Re-citizenship

“Thanks to being included in the showcase [DIPS], I was recently contacted by a Senior Public Health Official of HHS/OASH to participate in their National Women’s Health Week Webinar Series. I am excited and grateful.”

Janelle Posey-Green, LCSW, CLC
Co-Owner, Magnolia Wellness, LLC
Founder, Connecticut BIPOC Mental Health and Wellness Initiative

“Thank you for the honor of being a part of the [DIPS] event and for the opportunity to share, hear, and learn about so much important work happening in our region.”

Ronald Waddell
Executive Director
Legendary Legacies, Inc.

“Your work over the years stands on its own merits. You are trailblazers! When Loretta asked me to do this, I was truly humbled and I remain humbled. Thank you all for a wonderful experience!”

Louray Barton
StepRox Recovery Support Center

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Last Updated: 05/23/2024
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