MPA (Fellows), 2020
Behavioral Health Program Manager, Office of the Commissioner, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Young Adult Services program
Dana Begin is a Behavioral Health Program Manager with the Office of the Commissioner (OOC) within the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Young Adult Services (YAS) program. In this role, she provides oversight, consultation and training related to life skills development, employment and education services for the 18 YAS programs statewide.
Dana is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist (OT) and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University (2000).
Dana has more than 13 years of experience in mental health and joined DMHAS YAS in 2005.
Dana is the creator of a functional assessment called the Learning Inventory of Skills Development (L.I.S.T.) which is a tool used statewide in all 18 DMHAS YAS programs, DMHAS adult programs, and for all Department of Children and Families (DCF) committed youth ages 14 and older.
Dana has published an article in the Occupational Journal in Mental Health (2017) and is currently working on publishing a second article. She has presented her functional assessment (L.I.S.T.) at a national conference, The 30th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health (2017) and also at the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association (ConnOTA) Semi-Annual Conference (2017).