• Main Page P1
  • Two Champions of the Underserved Talk Shop PP 2–3
  • A Fellow Gives Tips on Starting Your Own Practice P4
  • Older Adults and the Opioid Crisis P5
  • SAMHSA Attends Opioid Treatment Community’s Biggest Anuual Conference P6
  • Please Complete and Transmit the MFP Survey P7
  • News and Views P7
  • Professional Development Opportunities (Conferences, Calls for Papers, Trainings) P8
  • The Systems of Care Approach P9
  • Children With Serious Emotional Disturbance PP 10–11



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—James Baldwin

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Minority Fellowship Enews is a product of the Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (SAMHSA contract no. HHSS 2832–0120–0037i) and serves the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, its MFP Grantees, and the MFP Grantees' Fellows and Alumni.

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by Michael Hopps

Two national leaders in defining, identifying, and reducing behavioral health disparities—Margarita Alegría, Ph.D., and Teresa Chapa, Ph.D., MPA—discuss how they got where they are today and how their field has changed since they first entered it. Read More
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The author, an MFP Doctoral Fellow, was working on her dissertation and broke but allowed herself to imagine her ideal job. Then her dream came true. Read More
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While our nation battles an opioid epidemic, our aging population steadily increases and grows increasingly diverse. There is a compelling need for practicing clinical social workers who are trained in gerontology in healthcare delivery environments where this population is being treated. Read More
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by Jeremy Morton

Nearly 50,000 U.S. physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners are licensed to prescribe buprenorphine to patients struggling with opioid addiction. SAMHSA and its Drug Addiction Treatment Act Waiver contractor attended the opioid treatment community’s most important annual meeting in March, to increase the numbers and walk practitioners through the waiver process. Read More
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by Marla Fogelman

Since 1993, SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services has been supporting the systems of care approach for treating children and youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families. Read More
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by Fran Harmon, Ph.D.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act stipulates that schools provide free education to students with an emotional disturbance, and that the education be tailored to those students’ individual needs. This article examines how our schools are doing with these students. Read More