NAADAC’s Minority Fellowship Program Expands to Accept Behavioral Health Professionals

ALEXANDRIA, VA – NAADAC is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant to grow and expand the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) to accept behavioral health professionals into the program.

 

Now in its third year, the NMFP-AC works to increase the number of culturally-competent Master’s level addiction counselors available to underserved and minority populations and transition age youth (ages 16-25) by providing up to $15,000 tuition stipends, training, education, and professional guidance to students in the final year of an accredited Master’s program in addiction/substance use disorder counseling with a demonstrated commitment to working with these groups.

 

As a result of the $485,000 grant from the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded pursuant to the 21st Century Cures Act, an additional 15 fellowships will be offered to students enrolled at an accredited educational institution in a behavioral health Master’s degree program (social work or marriage & family counseling/therapy) that includes an addiction concentration consisting of no less than 12 academic credits of addiction-specific content, and a supervised clinical internship.

 

“In a time where the development of a qualified addictions treatment workforce is needed more each day, this supplemental award by SAMHSA for the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors is both timely and needed. These continuing dollars will allow NAADAC to not only continue to award those individuals seeking to pursue an advanced degree in addictions counseling but further promote and support workforce development. On behalf of NAADAC and all addiction treatment professionals, I want to applaud SAMHA leadership for their insight, commitment, and continued trust and support of NAADAC’s endeavors,” stated Gerald Schmidt, NAADAC’s Present.

NAADAC’s Executive Director, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, stated, “NAADAC is extremely appreciative of SAMHSA and Congress and their continued support of the training and education of substance use disorder/addiction counselors through the Minority Fellowship Program.  The tuition support that they provide makes a significant difference in countless lives by facilitating the education of individuals who will go on to provide advanced treatment services to minorities and transition age youth.”

The NMFP’s ultimate goal is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and diverse populations by 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.

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Media Contact
Jessica Gleason
Director of Communications

jgleason@naadac.org
703.741.7686 x 130

 

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 95,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.

 

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