In 2013 the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) celebrated 40 years of efforts designed to increase diversity in the behavioral health field and reduce disparities in services to ethnic minority populations. Important milestones of the program follow.
- 1973 Federal government developed a model for a Minority Fellowship Program
- 1974 RFA was released to mental health professional associations
- 1975 First Cohort of CSWE MFP Fellows was chosen
Over the years, more than 450 social workers with PhDs or DSWs have been added to the cadre of minority behavioral health practitioners, researchers, scholars, and educators with national and international reputations. This number changes each year as more fellows complete their degrees. These individuals have demonstrated their commitment to underrepresented and vulnerable ethnic minority communities via their empirically and community-based research, teaching, peer-reviewed publications, program evaluation, and community service, thereby fulfilling the MFP mission.
The CSWE MFP also acknowledges and celebrates the accomplishments of the other grantee organizations with current SAMHSA MFP programs:
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- American Nurses Association
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Psychological Association
- Council on Social Work Education
- National Board for Certified Counselors