NAACP alleges discrimination in mental health department

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities has agreed to investigate allegations of racial discrimination within Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/2gbNdwz) the commission agreed Wednesday to accept a complaint from the Connecticut Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, charging that more than 20 African-Americans employed by the department have suffered from discrimination in hiring and in the enforcement of agency rules.

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The NAACP says the complaints originated from multiple DMHAS offices and involve different supervisors.

The mental health department issued a statement Wednesday which did not directly address the allegations, but said it is committed to “maintaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of the individuals being served.”