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UMass MIND Community Initiatives

The UMass MIND program is the community outreach program of the Psychotic Disorders Program that stands inclusive of all individuals with mental health challenges and their allies. 

The UMass MIND operates the Community Intervention Program (CIP) to address unmet needs of individuals living with serious mental illness and the social determinants of health impact the quality-of-life of these community members. The mission of CIP initiative is for the creation of a more mindful Worcester by providing various supports and informational opportunities for everyone invested in the mental wellness of our community. We stay commited to the local Worcester and central Massachusetts community in which we live and work and appreciate the diversity of voices within the mental health community. 

The Community Intervention Program (CIP)

The UMass Psychotic Disorders Program has developed the Community Intervention Program (CIP) initiative with the mission of creating a more mindful Worcester by providing various supports and informational opportunities for those invested in the mental wellness of our communities. The CIP-SMI initiative is specifically committed to addressing the needs of those affected by a severe mental illness as this patient population faces a mortality rate that is two to four times higher than that of the general population – a discrepancy thought to be attributed in part to the population’s lack of access to wellness-based resources and opportunities to connect with their communities.

In addition to professional education and training, CIP also includes three public education and initiative modules:

The Lifestyle as Medicine module is for individuals to establish healthy lifestyle changes via recovery and support-based discussions and activities with a focus on making healthy food choices and increasing physical activity.


(The picture above features some of the participant-chefs at one of our seasonal cooking workshops we hosted at the Genesis Club in Worcester.)

The Arts and Music module is for individuals to harness and express their creative abilities and talents while offering a platform for social interaction via art or music therapy groups, and Dual Diagnosis Theatre drama therapy.


(The picture above depicts the wonderful works of art produced by the participants of our first guided-imagery paint therapy event.)

The Early Detection and Intervention module presents an opportunity for young individuals exhibiting early signs of psychosis to collaborate with mental health care providers to improve access to treatment options.

(The photo above was taken at an education event we hosted at Assumption College for student counselors from local colleges on the importance of early psychosis detection and screening.) 

Click here for a brochure on our community initiatives!