In this episode, Zina interviews Manuel Garcia, Supervisor of Outpatient Programs at the Hazelden Betty Ford Maple Grove and Saint Paul campuses. Manuel, originally from Mexico City, discusses his passion for working with Latinx and other under-represented communities, and describes the comprehensive initiatives and partnerships Hazelden is implementing to integrate DEI at all levels of the organization.
Manuel Garcia, MA, LADC, graduated with a Psychology degree in 2012 out of Anahuac University in Mexico City, Mexico, where he is a Licensed Psychologist. Manuel is also a graduate from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies and has worked for Hazelden Betty Ford since 2014. He has served in the role of Focal Therapist and Supervisor of Outpatient Programs at the Maple Grove and Saint Paul campus since. In his current role Manuel is responsible for Clinical Supervision for Evening Outpatient Services. Additionally, Manuel is a part of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee for Hazelden Betty Ford, as well as a member of the DEI advisory committee for The NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers) where he focuses on equitable access to care to those suffering from Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness, as well as developing culturally responsive, manualized material/practices and curriculum for Outpatient Services. Manuel’s most recent outreach work includes a focus on media interviews related to the topics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as Substance Use Disorders and the impact on our communities. Manuel also helped develop partnership with organizations who serve the Latinx community in MN.
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