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2024 Power 100: Debra Maddox

A woman in a portrait photo Photo | Courtesy of Multicultural Wellness Center Debra Maddox, founder, president and CEO of Multicultural Wellness Center
Debra Maddox  Title Founder, president & CEO Company Multicultural Wellness Center, in Worcester Employees 47 Residence Worcester Colleges Worcester State University, Assumption University, Antioch University Read all the Power 100 profiles here
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Central Massachusetts born and educated, Debra Maddox has a firm hand on the pulse of the people she and her team serve at the Multicultural Wellness Center, founded in 2005. The diverse clients are often those from underserved communities, whether immigrants or people of color, who battle systemic racism and other barriers on the path to mental wellness.

Maddox, a clinical psychologist, specializes in putting behavioral health treatment into context and, in particular, adapting treatment to the patient’s culture. As a former adjunct professor at Assumption University and Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester and advisor to local clinicians, her approach has helped shape countless professional development paths.

With $4.2 million in revenue and nearly $1 million in assets, according to a 2022 filing with the Internal Revenue Service, the center’s model is unique as clinicians may bring services to clients, providing therapy to people in their homes and schools, as well as the center’s Winthrop Street offices. It provides comprehensive case management and ongoing peer recovery support for people recovering from addiction. In 2017, Maddox led the opening of Multicultural Wellness West, a behavioral health clinic in Las Vegas.

This past year, the organization worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to expand a violence prevention grant, signed a contract with the Worcester Public Schools to provide school-based services to at-risk youth, and partnered with the City of Worcester to use federal funding for mobile behavioral health and addiction treatment with a particular focus on reaching people of color facing a range of challenges, from food insecurity to health issues. 

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