CSWE Minority Fellowship Program Funding Increased for FY 2009


On March 11, 2009 President Obama signed the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 appropriations bill, which provides funding for most of the federal government for the period of October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 (the federal government has been operating on a continuing resolution (CR) since the start of the new fiscal year on October 1 to keep the government operating at the FY 2008, or current year, level until the Congress could finish it’s work on the FY 2009 bill).

The FY 2009 appropriations bill includes funding for CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), which is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). While President Bush requested to eliminate funding for the MFP in FY 2009, the House and Senate restored the program and provided a much needed funding increase. For FY 2009, the MFP will receive a total of $4.083 million, which is $278,000 over last year’s level. CSWE receives a portion of this funding to administer its Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program (MHSAFP).

This is a major win for CSWE as it will allow the organization to continue to support minority social workers in their preparation for leadership, teaching, and practice in the mental health and substance abuse area, and to help them provide culturally competent service to racial and ethnic minority populations