Minority Fellowship Program Receives Budget Increase

Congress prioritizes program, despite difficult fiscal climate

The fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill (H.R. 3547) signed into law last month increases funding to $8 million for the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). Housed within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, MFP trains students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents to address adequately the mental health needs of minorities in underserved areas. The program funds trainees in psychology, psychiatric nursing, social work, psychiatry, marriage and family therapy, professional counseling, and addictions. MFP serves as the only federal program that seeks to diversify the mental health profession. APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) advocates strongly for increased MFP funding. As part of its advocacy strategy, PI-GRO engages its grassroots advocacy network and conducts an annual Capitol Hill day for attendees of the MFP Psychology Summer Institute. The office remains committed to supporting this critical program.

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