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SAMHSA Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Minority Fellowship Program

Published 5/23/2023


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. It serves to provide treatments and equitable access and outcomes to all populations. 

The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), initiated in 1973, seeks to improve access to mental health care for underserved communities by growing the number of racial and ethnic minorities in the mental health professions. Through several behavioral health organizations, including the NBCC Foundation, SAMHSA’s MFP offers grant awards annually. 

Please consider registering to participate in SAMHSA's MFP 50th anniversary event, Overcoming, Achieving and Soaring: Celebrating 50 Years of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). This hybrid event will be held on June 8, 2023, at the SAMHSA location in Rockville, Maryland, with a virtual component being held via Zoom. The event is intended for the MFP community and its supporters, current and alumni fellows, academic and research mentors, grantee organizations, SAMHSA and HHS staff, and federal partners and stakeholders. The event will offer opportunities for learning, sharing, and celebrating. 

We will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the NBCC MFP at this year’s NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities, with the theme of From Awareness to Action, June 2–4, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s Symposium will focus on supporting counselors, counselor educators, and others in the profession to continue moving from creating awareness and spreading knowledge around the most pressing issues in the field to progress toward actionable change and steps to address the mental health–related inequities and disparities faced by those in our communities. 

You can register for the Overcoming, Achieving and Soaring: Celebrating 50 Years of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) event at

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