Program History

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) has a long history of reaching out to doctoral students through a variety of organization. As the premier addiction professional membership organization that represents the interests of more than 95,000 addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction–focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014), and the general interests of the addiction profession as a whole, NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, has spent the last eight years advocating for the need to include MFP funding for Master’s level addiction counselors. NAADAC will build this program into its established and longstanding infrastructure created over 40 years of innovation, education, service, and programming. The activities of the NMFP-AC will meet the needs of the service delivery system for underserved minority populations, including transition age youth through the program components listed below and through its close relationships with an extensive network of partner organizations and stakeholders.