CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is pleased to announce that the 2014-2015 Mental Health/Substance Abuse Minority Fellowship Application Period is now open. Deadline for submission of the 2014-2015 application is Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm (ET).
New this year: Fellowship applications will be submitted via an online submission process. Applicants should carefully review the application instructions as the fellowship program is also initiating a practice-focused shift in priorities.
Application materials are posted on the MFP “How to Apply” webpage (below) along with a link for submission of completed materials to the online submission system. Applicants will submit all materials including recommendations as part of their online application packet.
The Mental Health & Substance Abuse Fellowship is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the purpose of reducing health disparities and improving health care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors. The SAMHSA MFP closely aligns with the Affordable Care Act and SAMHSA’s Eight Strategic Initiatives by addressing the current and projected behavioral health workforce shortages and the need to train providers on recovery-based practices. The goal of SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program is to increase the percentage of professionals who are qualified to provide leadership in research, practice, education, and policy promulgation in government and private organizations that are central to the development and implementation of culturally specific and patient-centered programs for underserved ethnic minority persons with mental health or substance abuse disorders.
All applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in behavioral health services with underserved ethnic minority individuals or communities and an interest in mental health or substance use treatment, recovery, or prevention. CSWE’s MFP is particularly interested in persons with (1) an interest in advanced clinical practice in mental health/substance use treatment and recovery or serving as behavioral health practitioners at a broadly defined level such as management/administration, policy promulgation, or community organization; (2) an interest in translational research in behavioral health with a focus on practice interventions in mental health/substance abuse prevention, treatment, or recovery; or (3) a desire to teach clinical practice in the area of mental health/substance use prevention, treatment, or recovery.