Annual HBCU Conference Highlights Workforce Issues
|SAMHSA Administrator Dr. Terry L. Cline (right) pauses to speak with SAMHSA’s Center for
Substance Abuse Treatment Director Dr. H. Westley Clark at the conference.
Photo by Leslie Quander Wooldridge
The 9th Annual Lonnie E. Mitchell National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Conference, funded by SAMHSA, recently convened in Washington, DC, with several hundred participants in attendance.
This year’s theme was “Establishing Excellence for Tomorrow: Strengthening the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Workforce.”
Participants discussed opportunities for career development, collaborative initiatives, and individual
involvement as counselors, clinicians, and other positions in the field.
The conference is designed to give students an opportunity to obtain new information and strategies
to cope with substance abuse and mental health issues in African American communities. Sponsored
through a SAMHSA grant to Morehouse School of Medicine, the conference includes partnership with
more than 100 HBCUs.
The annual conference continues the legacy and work of the late Lonnie E. Mitchell, Ph.D., M.A.,
an esteemed educator, administrator, and psychotherapist who worked extensively in the areas of
mental health and human services. For more information on Lonnie E. Mitchell and the HBCU conference, visit the Morehouse School of Medicine Web site at http://web.msm.edu/lem.
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