Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellows attend national conference

Fellows shared cross-disciplinary experiences, learned more about SAMHSA and learned from national experts

Twenty-five Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellows attended the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2011 MFP National Conference (PDF, 1.4MB) in Rockville, MD from March 24-26, 2011.

MFP Fellows from five behavioral health disciplines (American Psychological Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Nurses Association, Council on Social Work Education, and American Psychiatric Association) gathered to share cross-disciplinary experiences, learn more about SAMHSA and its programs and priorities, and learn from national experts about topics of interest to the Fellows.

The Fellows heard from senior SAMHSA leadership on the MFP’s role in SAMHSA’s vision for the future of behavioral healthcare. 

Most notably, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde, JD, spoke at length on the importance of the MFP and its role in supporting SAMHSA’s goals of health reform, reducing behavioral health disparities, and workforce development. 

Also presenting at the conference were several prominent MFP Alumni: 

  • Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 

  • Kermit A. Crawford, PhD, Director, Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center 

  • Larke Huang, PhD, Director, Office of Behavioral Equity, SAMHSA 

  • Harriet G. McCombs, PhD, Senior Public Health Analyst, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration