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Program Supplements for Minority Fellowship Program – Addiction Counselors (MFP-AC)

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Short Title: MFP–AC
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: TI-16-016

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Application Due Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.243

Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination: Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), announces the availability of one-year supplemental funding to enable grantees from the FY 2014 Now is the Time: Minority Fellowship Program-Addiction Counselors (NITT-MFP-AC) cohort to expand/enhance grant activities required under the 2014 Request for Applications (RFA), TI-14-010.

The purpose of the NITT: MFP-AC program is to reduce health disparities and improve health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s level addiction counselors available to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition age youth (ages 16-25) in public and private non-profit sectors. The current NITT-MFP-AC grants support students pursuing master’s level degrees in addiction/substance abuse counseling. Historically, the mental health and substance abuse needs of racial and ethnic minority communities within the United States have been underserved, due to a limited number of trained practitioners sensitive to the cultural issues or equipped with the language skills that impact effective services delivery.

At a minimum the funds awarded will be used to conduct the following required activities:

  • Manage and distribute an expanded number of student stipends and other training related costs.
  • Expand stipend eligibility to also include students pursuing master’s degrees in related educational tracks (social work, counseling, nursing, etc.) who are committed to serving minorities with substance use disorders (SUD). It is still a requirement for the student’s program to include training on addiction issues associated with transition age youth (ages 16-25).
  • Collaborate with other professional organizations and educational institutions to support the expanded pool of qualified MFP-AC eligible students, and facilitate the dissemination of information concerning the program’s goals and outcomes.


Eligibility for this funding opportunity is limited to the current FY 2014 NIIT-MFP-AC grantees, specifically the Association for Addiction Professionals (NADAAC) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Eligibility is limited to these grantees because they have the established infrastructure, partnerships, and necessary knowledge and skills to rapidly implement the program, including expanding the pool of qualified MFP-AC eligible applicants. They are also able to facilitate the dissemination of information concerning the program’s goals and outcomes.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $812,692

Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to two (2) awards

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $406,346 per grantee

Length of Project: 1 year

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed the allowable amount of $406,346 in total costs (direct and indirect).

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