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SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program

Minorities make up roughly one fourth of the U.S. population, but only about 10 percent of American mental health providers are ethnic minorities. In 1973, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), which has supported doctoral-level training for more than 1,000 ethnic minority psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, therapists, and social workers. These individuals often hold key leadership positions in mental health and substance abuse services, administration, training, and research.

The MFP aims to increase the pool of professionals qualified to provide leadership, consultation, training, and administration to public and private organizations that develop and implement programs for underserved ethnic minorities who have mental health or substance abuse disorders. Through this program, SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services awards grants to encourage and facilitate doctoral and postdoctoral development for minority nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. There are seven grantee associations that support this effort:

SAMHSA is committed to services that are professional, competent, and effectively meet the critical mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment needs of America’s diverse population. The goals of the MFP are to

About the Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center

DSG operates SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center. The Coordinating Center is designed to help SAMHSA and the MFP grantees strengthen the MFP program, keep track of Fellows’ progress and successes, assess the effects and outcomes of the MFP, and help the MFP further reduce disparities that weaken our nation’s behavioral health workforce.

The MFP Enewsletter and Webinars are two useful resources for Fellows, behavioral health organizations and professionals, and service providers.