The President’s 2019 fiscal year budget eliminated funding for the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). The program provides scholarships to minority mental health and addiction professionals in the fields of counseling, psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, marriage and family therapy, and addictions. Its primary goal is to increase the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals who provide mental health and substance use disorder services to underserved populations.
Congress increased funding for the MFP in last year’s spending bill and has grown the program several times over the past five years. Lawmakers are currently setting funding levels for the 2019 fiscal year and it is important that they hear from their constituents about the importance of the MFP. We urge counselors to tell Congress that now is the time to increase funding for this vital mental health and addictions program, not cut it. Visit our Grassroots Action Center today and let your legislators know how important this program is to vulnerable individuals.
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