Trauma Matters reader Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon has been appointed and confirmed to serve as Assistant Secretary for Mental health and Substance Use with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Those of us on the Trauma Matters Editorial Board know Assistant Secretary Delphin-Rittmon best from her 6 years of service as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Since 2017, Mental Health America has ranked Connecticut as the top state in the nation for mental health services, something Governor Lamont credits to Assistant Secretary Delphin-Rittmon’s guidance. When asked about Dr. Delphin-Rittmon’s national appointment, Governor Lamont noted the following:
“Commissioner Delphin-Rittmon has been a trusted advisor on some of the leading issues of our time, especially when it comes to the national impact of the opioid crisis and the growing mental health needs of our community following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic...I am grateful to have had her partnership in our administration, and while it is bittersweet that she is moving onto this new opportunity, I know that those of us in Connecticut can continue relying on her to be a trusted ally to advance these critical issues that she has advocated over these many years.”
During her time as Commissioner, Assistant Secretary Delphin-Rittmon aspired towards inclusive and culturally responsive services and systems that foster dignity, respect, and meaningful community inclusion. Congratulations on your confirmation, Dr. Delphin-Rittmon.
We cannot wait to see what you do next!
This article was adapted from the Fall 2021 issue of Trauma Matters. Read the full edition here.