Affirmative Action Office

The Affirmative Action Office is responsible for monitoring and ensuring the proper implementation of policies and procedures related to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Affirmative Action” means “positive action”, undertaken with conviction and effort, to overcome the present effects of past practices, policies, or any barriers to equal employment opportunity. This includes the goal of full and fair participation of any groups that have been found historically to be under-utilized in the workforce or otherwise adversely affected.  The purpose and goal of affirmative action is equal employment opportunity.

Responsibilities:  This Office conducts and/or participates in internal discrimination investigations, renders finding and is involved in a variety of resolution activities.  The Office develops, implements and monitors affirmative action goals and objectives. The Office monitors compliance with State and Federal affirmative action/equal employment opportunity laws. The Office provides training and consults with managers and administrators on affirmative action matters. This Office directly reports to and is under the authority of the DMHAS Commissioner.

Time's Up Act
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In the 2019 legislative session, the Connecticut General Assembly passed and the Governor signed Public Acts 19-16 and 19-93 , which together constitute the Time’s Up Act.

For information, please visit the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) website.



Main Office location: 171 Bow Lane (AA Office - Cottage 20), P.O. Box 351, Middletown, CT 06457 at south end of Connecticut Valley Hospital grounds. 

Main Office Phone:  860-262-5862
Main Office Fax:  860-262-5197

Statewide Administration:  Acting - Tommy Wilson,  Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2, Statewide Administration, 860-262-6886

Professional Staff:

Tommy Wilson, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 2, 860-262-6886

Lisa V. Edwards, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1, 860-262-7108

Kelvin P. Johnson, Leadership Associate, 860-262-6508

Affirmative Action Contact Person by Facility:

  • Capitol Region Mental Health Center - Tommy Wilson/Kelvin Johnson
  • Connecticut Mental Health Center - Lisa Edwards
  • Connecticut Valley Hospital - Tommy Wilson/Kelvin Johnson 
  • Office of the Commissioner (Hartford and Middletown) - Tommy Wilson/Kelvin Johnson
  • River Valley Services - Tommy Wilson/Kelvin Johnson
  • Southeastern Mental Health Authority - Tommy Wilson/Kelvin Johnson
  • Southwest CT Mental Health System - Lisa Edwards
  • Western CT Mental Health Network - Lisa Edwards
Support Staff:

Adele Howard, Administrative Assistant, 860-262-6883

Lorraine Collazo-DeLeon, Equal Employment Opportunity Assistant, 860-262-5817

Main Fax: 860-262-5197

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