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SAMHSA celebrates 40 years of support for the Minority Fellowship Program

April 18, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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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 including marriage and family therapy; nursing; psychiatry; psychology; counseling; and social work. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,700 of its fellows have received advanced training, degrees and certifications in these disciplines. The program has resulted in a significant rise in the number, capacity and leadership presence of minorities throughout the entire behavioral health community.

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 and make recommendations on ways to strengthen the program at the meeting. 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 or Paula Goodwin.