Minority Fellowship Program Sees Funding Boost in House Spending Bill

Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies released a proposed spending bill that would increase funding for SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) by $2 million.

The MFP provides scholarships for minority mental health professionals at the master’s and doctoral level. The proposed increase would put the program at a total of $15.22 million. NBCC has been working with these appropriators and a coalition of other organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, to secure additional funding for the program.

The proposed increase is just the first step in getting increased funding for the program. The Senate will now begin crafting its FY20 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. NBCC and its coalition partners will be pushing for the inclusion of the increase from the House bill in that legislation.

Your help is needed in this effort! Contact your senators today and ask them to support the House increase of $2 million for the Minority Fellowship Program.


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