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African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

Responding to the urgent need for greater equity and effectiveness in behavioral health services for African Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a new National Center, the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (AABH-COE).

From its administrative and academic home in the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, the new Center of Excellence will develop and disseminate training, technical assistance (TA), and resources to help healthcare practitioners eliminate behavioral health disparities within this large and diverse population.

Founded October 1, 2020, this innovative yet deeply grounded Center has been structured to mobilize the scholarship and expertise of many distinguished voices in African American behavioral health and health equity, the knowledge and wisdom of multiple national bodies representing a broad spectrum of Black stakeholders, and the established networks of a host of strategic partners committed to marketing and disseminating the new Center’s products and services. The new Center of Excellence will take a highly collaborative public health approach toward cultural and practical transformation of:

  • Behavioral health systems;
  • Intervention, treatment, and recovery support practices;
  • The professional and non-professional workforce; and
  • The systems of education, training, and TA that prepare the field for its work.

As the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence continues to develop and launch its products and services, a series of updates and resources will be released.

AfricanAmericanBehavioralHealth.org

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Last Updated: 05/17/2021