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SAMHSA Bulletin

Date: 4/17/2013 10:00 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA celebrates 40 years of support for the Minority Fellowship Program

On April 23-24, 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will celebrate 40 years of government support for the Minority Fellowship Program, at the Minority Fellowship Program Grantee Meeting at SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, Md.


The Minority Fellowship Program was established in 1973 to promote greater minority employment opportunities in a wide array of behavioral health fields.   Since the program’s inception, more than 1,700 of its fellows have received advanced training, degrees and certifications in behavioral health professions.  The program has resulted in a significant rise in the number, capacity and leadership presence of minorities throughout the entire behavioral health community.


SAMHSA has awarded Minority Fellowship Program grants to the following six national behavioral health membership organizations to promote greater minority presence in the following disciplines:


·         American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) -- for careers in marriage and family therapy

·         American Nurses Association (ANA) – for careers in nursing

·         American Psychiatric Association (ApA) – for careers in psychiatry

·         American Psychological Association (APA) – for careers in psychology

·         Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Social Work—for careers in social work

·         National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates (NBCC) -- for careers in c ounseling


The Obama Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget plans build on the success of this program by adding an additional $5 million in grant funding. This expanded funding is part of the President’s Now is the Time” initiative to expand and enhance behavioral health services to youth and transition age youth.


SAMHSA leadership, current and former fellows, and grantees will highlight 40 years of accomplishments at the meeting and make recommendations on ways to strengthen the program.


Topics at the event will include strengthening the outreach and recruitment of under-represented groups within the program, promoting collaboration among Fellows involved in the six behavioral health disciplines and providing supports for current and former Fellows (e.g., peer mentoring).


The celebration portion of the event is open to the public on April 23 from 9-12pm.  To attend the public part of the event and for more information on it please contact Monique Richards at or 240-276-0766, or Paula Goodwin at  or 240-276-0442.

Information about the event and the Minority Fellowship Program is also available at:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Last updated: 4/17/2013 9:58 AM

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