Saturday, April 28, 2012

Minority Fellowship Program

Minority Fellowship Program

Department of Health and Human Services


The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 04/27/2012 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.
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Document Type:Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:SM-12-010
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Posted Date:Apr 27, 2012
Creation Date:Apr 27, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:May 25, 2012   
Current Closing Date for Applications:May 25, 2012   
Archive Date:Jun 24, 2012
Funding Instrument Type:Grant 
Category of Funding Activity:Health 
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:1
Estimated Total Program Funding:$825,000
Award Ceiling:$825,000
Award Floor:$0
CFDA Number(s):93.243  --  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services_Projects of Regional and National Significance
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:No

Eligible Applicants

Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:

H. Rept. 112-331 which accompanied the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 stated that, "[w]ithin the funds provided for the Minority Fellowship Program, the conferees have provided an increase in funding to allow SAMHSA to increase the pool of culturally competent mental health professionals by granting professional counselors eligibility to participate in the program." Professional counselors are highly trained and well qualified mental health professionals who deliver culturally appropriate behavioral health services to diverse populations. In order to meet this directive, eligibility is restricted to national organizations serving mental health professional counselors that are dedicated to the growth, advancement and enhancement of the counseling profession, including promoting the professional competence of professional counselors. Applicant organizations must—either solely or in partnership with its affiliates—have direct involvement in curriculum development, school accreditation, and pre-/post-doctoral training, and must have demonstrated mechanisms and databases in place for identifying candidate students for Minority Fellowship awards. Organizations that meet these criteria are uniquely qualified to administer the Minority Fellowship program. All applicant organizations must complete the Certificate of Eligibility (see Appendix J of the RFA) indicating that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements and have provided the necessary information as specified in the Certificate of Eligibility. The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies. Cost sharing/matching is not required in this program. 

Agency Name

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Adminis.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2012 Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grant program. The purpose of this two year grant program is to reduce health disparities and improve health care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent mental health counselors available to underserved minority populations in public and private non-profit sectors. The mental health and substance abuse needs of racial and ethnic minority communities in the United States have been historically underserved due to the lack of trained practitioners sensitive to the cultural issues and/or equipped with the language skills that impact effective services delivery. In 1974, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) established the MFP to enhance services to minority communities through specialized training of mental health professionals in psychiatry, nursing, social work, and psychology. In 1992, SAMHSA was established, and the MFP was transferred from NIMH to CMHS in SAMHSA. Eligibility for this grant program was expanded by Congress in FY 2007 to include a fifth professional association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. This fiscal year, Congress expanded the eligibility for this program to include professional counselors, to increase the pool of culturally competent mental health professionals. SAMHSA has demonstrated that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost prevention, treatment and recovery support services; SAMHSA has identified eight Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency's work on people and emerging opportunities. More information is available at the SAMHSA website: The 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 practitioners on recovery-based practices. Applications responsive to this RFA must support or expand capacity to address the following Strategic Initiative: Health Reform Broaden health coverage to increase access to appropriate high quality care, and to reduce disparities that currently exist between the availability of services for substance abuse, mental disorders, and other medical conditions. Minority Fellowship Program grants are authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 and the Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA. 

Link to Full Announcement

Minority Fellowship Program

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1085
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1408

Synopsis Modification History

There are currently no modifications for this opportunity.

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