The STAR Center provides Support, Technical Assistance and Resources to assist consumer-operated and consumer-helper
programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations. Specifically, the STAR Center’s focus areas are cultural
competence and diversity in the context of mental health recovery and consumer self-help and self-empowerment. Although we
are a national technical assistance center, the following regions have been designated as our technical assistance focus
regions/states: Washington, DC, Rhode Island, and New Mexico.
According to the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States, 2011, mental health service
disparities exist within the Hispanic American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, African American, Native American and Alaskan Native communities.
The STAR Center recognizes that these same disparities, within the communities identified by the report, also exist among consumer-operated and
consumer-supporter programs. The STAR Center works to eliminate these disparities so that the underserved communities receive equal access to support,
recovery oriented services, and self-help support and tools that are culturally competent, thus promoting wellness and inspiring hope.
In pursuit of this mission we offer a broad array of technical assistance to consumer operated and peer run programs, including materials and tools,
informative newsletters and listservs, national teleconferences, consumer networking and resource sharing opportunities, and support in the form of
mini-grant awards for creative recovery-based activities.
The STAR Center is funded by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
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Tanya Naranjo Glorioso, M.Ed.
STAR Center Project Manager
Tanya joined the STAR Center Team in January 2013. As the Project Manager, she provides daily management in the planning and implementation
of STAR Center events, resources, systems, products and communications.
She was previously employed as a Community Services Specialist with the Department of Family Services for Fairfax County Government. Currently,
Tanya is also an Education and Training Consultant for Sovran Training, LLC and the International Center for Principled Leadership, Inc.
Tanya provides a variety of experience working with underserved populations in northern Virginia, as well as teaching ESOL. In addition to
having worked for Fairfax County Government, she previously worked for Fairfax County Public Schools as an ESOL teacher at Oakton Elementary
School and Herndon High School. Tanya was also an Education & Workforce Development Program Coordinator for the Hispanic Committee of Virginia
and a Disaster Services Program Coordinator for the American Red Cross. She also serves as a Member on the Board of Directors of Fairfax
Leadership Academy. Her passion is in Education and Leadership Development.
Tanya holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Sociology from Trinity University-Washington and a Master's of Education in
Curriculum & Instruction from George Mason University.
We want to hear from you! Your questions, comments and concerns are important to us and we will do our best to address them in a timely fashion.
3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
Toll-Free: (866) 537-STAR (7827)
Fax: (703) 600-1112
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