The NMFP-AC’s ultimate goal is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially diverse populations. This program aims to addressing current challenges in the addictions profession pertaining to human infrastructure development, cultural misalignment between addiction professionals and the populations they serve, and insufficient training of addiction professionals.
- Support Master’s students in completing their addiction/substance use disorder education, so that they can enter into the addiction profession, and engage in treating underserved communities, including minority and LGBT populations, and transition age youth (ages 16-25).
- Support improved training of addiction professionals in cultural diversity, recovery-based practices, and evidence-based practices for working with these underserved groups.
- Track the effectiveness of the NMFP-AC to better refine it methods for supporting the development of culturally-competent addiction counselors particularly suited to working with these underserved groups.