On February 5,2018, NAADAC's Grants Program Coordinator, Ace Crawford, attended Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2018 Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) meeting held at the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington D.C.
SAMHSA’s MFP is a grant initiative that awards funding to organizations to support the development of behavioral health practitioners in an aim to increase the presence, knowledge, and skill base of practitioners available to serve racial and ethnic minority populations.
NAADAC administers two programs through these grant awards: the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) and the NAADAC Minority Fellowship for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMFP-BHP). These fellowship programs are for second year Master’s degree students who are studying addiction and are committed to working with underserved populations, including minority and LGBT populations and transition age youth (16-25). The program provides tuition assistance, as well as mentorship, training, professional guidance, and continuing education opportunities.
The NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program originally accepted individuals working towards a Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling (NMFP-AC), but has now expanded to also accept individuals working toward a Master’s degree in behavioral health field with a concentration in addiction (NMFP-BHP).
Crawford represented NAADAC at the February 5th meeting, which was also attended by representatives from other organizations who received MFP grants, called the MFP coalition. The MFP coalition representatives met to cultivate a collective understanding of changes to the Federal MFP grant, advocacy, lobbying and other topics of interest to the coalition.
The members of the MFP coalition are:
• American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
• American Nurses Association (ANA)
• American Psychological Association (APA)
• American Psychiatric Association (ApA)
• Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE)
• NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
• National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
“It was exciting to represent NAADAC at the first 2018 MFP meeting and coordinate with like-minded organizations in order to advance professionals within the mental health and substance use disorder field,” Crawford added.
If you’re interested in following developments and decision taken by the MFP coalition, the group is scheduled to meet twice a year. The coalition tags related posts using the hashtag #MFPUnited, so follow NAADAC on social media and the #MFPUnited hashtag to stay up to date on the latest MFP developments.
You can learn more about the NMFP here: https://www.naadac.org/NMFP.