The purpose of this program is to recruit, train, and support master’s and doctoral level students in behavioral health care professions by: (1) increasing the knowledge of mental and/or substance use disorder behavioral health professionals on issues related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support for individuals who are from racial and ethnic minority populations and have a mental or substance use disorder; (2) increasing the number of culturally competent mental and substance use disorders professionals who teach, administer services, conduct research, and provide direct mental and/or substance use disorder services to racial and ethnic minority populations; and (3) improving the quality of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services delivered to racial and ethnic minority populations.
There is a significant treatment gap and workforce shortage in disenfranchised and minority populations. Existing literature has highlighted the lack of diversity in the current behavioral health workforce and called on federal government to take a leadership role in addressing the workforce shortage crisis, especially in low-income communities. Studies also show that many clients prefer racial and ethnically matched behavioral health providers and this is likely to increase the engagement of various communities in behavioral health. In the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Projections Report, it is expected that there will be substantial increases in demand for behavioral health workers across disciplines by 2030.
The MFP helps to address the aforementioned gaps and increases behavioral health professionals’ knowledge of issues related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support for mental illness and drug/alcohol addiction among racial and ethnic minority populations.
Required Activities: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/fy-2023-mfp-nofo.pdf#page=9
Allowable Activities: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/fy-2023-mfp-nofo.pdf#page=11
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