DOVER — National Alliance on Mental Health Delaware is expanding its programming in southern Delaware to better serve the growing population and its mental health needs.
The organization has announced the promotion of Jacqueline Contreras, previously the part-time multicultural engagement coordinator, to southern Delaware coordinator, a full-time role with a focus on building services capacity.
“Jackie’s proven skills and talents make her the right person for this role,” said Dr. Joshua Thomas, president and CEO of NAMI Delaware. “Given her passion for supporting people affected by mental illness, she is the perfect choice to further grow our footprint.”
The position grew out of the agency’s strategic planning process, which concluded that a full-time staffer in Kent and Sussex counties was necessary to support residents in the southern part of the state.
Ms. Contreras, who is fluent in English and Spanish, has worked with the alliance’s Delaware chapter since 2020, primarily in the Spanish-speaking community in Sussex County.
In her new position, she will build programming to meet educational and support needs in both counties, as well as assist with advocacy and the HelpLine, and represent the organization at various community activities.
“My goal is to develop programs and events that strengthen the support networks for our families, organizations and companies affected by chronic mental health conditions,” said Ms. Contreras. “I love the vitally important work that NAMI does helping people who live with mental illness. It crosses borders, boundaries and language barriers, and I’m pleased to play a role in this effort.”