September is Recovery Month!

Join the HBCU-Center for Excellence in celebrating National Recovery Month! Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

This year's theme - Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities - highlights the value of family and community support throughout recovery and invites individuals in recovery and their family members to share their personal stories and successes in order to encourage others.

National Recovery Month events are taking place across the country - find an event near you!


If you have experienced a disaster such as a hurricane or flood, or other traumatic event such as a car crash, you may have distressing reactions like feeling anxious or afraid. It’s also pretty common to think about the event often, even if you were not directly affected and especially if you saw it on television. No reactions are wrong or right. Most responses are just normal ways of reacting to the situation. More

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Due to State of Emergency several HBCUs have been impacted by natural disasters.  As a result, the HBCU-Center for Excellence has extended the deadline for sub-award application submissions by one week i.e. instead of 9/21 deadline extend by one week to 9/28.  Please adhere to all other reporting guidelines and time lines.

If you have questions call 1-866-988-4228 or email Program Manager, Dollmesha Greene -

On behalf of the HBCU-Center for Excellence we are pleased to announce that Morehouse School of Medicine has received a Notice of Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to continue as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) in Behavioral Health Workforce Capacity Expansion Sub-Award Program.

The purpose of this program is to promote opportunities for HBCU institutions to foster behavioral health careers through internships; to expand knowledge of culturally appropriate, evidence-based and emerging best practices; to expand screening and referral services for students at risk for behavioral health disorders; and to support educational activities around behavioral health and prevention strategies. HBCUs on the “White House Initiative” list are eligible to apply for the Behavioral Health Capacity Expansion Sub-Award (Mini-Grant). We look forward to working with all accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities to promote student behavioral health, workforce development and student retention. Again, attached is the Request for Application (RFA) 2017-2018.

All HBCUs eligible to apply for the Behavioral Health Capacity Expansion Mini-Grant Program are invited to participate in Technical Assistance Webinar. The goal of the webinar is to review criteria for completing the RFA.

The sub-award/mini-grant submission deadline is September 28st 2017 (5pm).

For questions please contact Dollmesha Greene, HBCU-CFE Program Manager at or call toll-free 1-866-988-4228.

Find out more now!

RFA Technical Assistance webinars are currently over

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SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) below – 2017 Summer Fellowships in Disability Policy Research Opportunity!

Grantee OrganizationApplication Period for the MFP Traditional PhD ProgramApplication Period for the MFP- Masters Level Youth Focused ProgramApplication Period for the MFP- Masters Level Addictions Counseling Focused ProgramApplication Link and organization contact
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy12/2/2017–1/31/201812/2/2017–1/31/2018N/AMore
American Nurses Association4/30/2017-4/30/2018Until Vacancies filledN/AMore
American Psychiatric Association11/1/2017-1/30/2018N/AN/AMore
American Psychological Association Council on Social Work Education10/2/2017–1/15/201810/2/2017–1/15/2018N/AMore
Council on Social Work Education 12/2017–2/28/18Spring 2018N/AMore
National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates9/1/2017–10/31/20179/1/2017–10/31/20179/1/2017–10/31/2017More
NAADAC: the Association for N/AN/AUntil Vacancies filledMore

2016-2017 Capacity Building Sub-Awardees

Option I Recipients

InstitutionProject Director Project Title
Alcorn State UniversityMartha Ravola, PhDPartnering for Hope: A Wellness Narrative
Benedict CollegeTara H. Taylor, PhDTigers in Action III
Bowie State UniversityZuleka Henderson, PhDUsing Reality Television to Talk Mental Health Treatment with Bowie State University Students
Claflin UniversityAnisah Bagasra, PhDPromoting Campus Sexual Health
Clinton CollegeMr. Reggie RuckerPromoting Behavioral Health on Campus through Substance Abuse Internships and Peer Education Training
Coppin State UniversityOzietta Taylor, PhDThe Chemical Dependency Internship (C-Dip)/Behavioral Health Integration Projects (B-Hip) 2016--17
Delaware State UniversityMs. Amy Gootee-AshCheck the Rock: Anti-Suicide Awareness Tournament
Elizabeth City State UniversityKulwinder Kaur-Walker, PhDBehavioral Health Service Capacity, Expansion and Workforce Development
Florida Memorial UniversityEdward Stephenson, PhDPromoting Mental Health and Wellness among Students at Florida Memorial University
Fort Valley State UniversityTeah L. Moore, PhDOperation Avalanche
Grambling State UniversityMary Coleen Speed, PhDThe “E.M.P.H.A.S.I.S.” (Empowering My Position Having a Say in Succeeding)
Hinds Community CollegeGloria Daniels, PhDU-Help II: Utica Healthy Engagement Leads to Prevention II
Jackson State UniversityMs. Earnestine McNeal BrownProject SAMHP (Student Awareness Mental Health Project)
Jarvis Christian CollegeMs. Katrina HinesPeer Educator-Substance Abuse and Violence Intervention Network (SAVIN) and Mentorship Program
Kentucky State UniversityMr. William L. MynkEstablishment of Student Led LGBTQ
LeMoyne Owen CollegeTwanda Wadlington, PhD Student Leading Campus Behavioral Health
Morehouse CollegeGary Wright, PhDSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Training Program
Norfolk State UniversityErica R. Russell, PhD#FACEITNSU: Scholars Preparing and Empowering through Awareness
North Carolina A&T State UniversityVivian Barnette, PhDAggies Step-Up: Suicide Prevention
NC Central UniversityDr. Carolyn MooreNCCU Behavioral Health Outreach to New Eagles On and Beyond the “Sloping Hills and Verdant Green”
Savannah State UniversityMs. Jacqueline AweProject Zero: Because 1 Suicide is too many
Southern University of New OrleansMr. Travis JohnsonAfrican American Male Internship Mentoring Program: My Brother’s Keeper Project
Stillman CollegeSandra J. Jemison, PhDStillman College Behavioral Health Project—Phase III
Talladega CollegeParnella Rowena-Deams, PhDExploring Emotionally Intelligent Behavioral Health Practices at Talladega College
University of Maryland Eastern ShoreAndrea Washington, PhDBehavioral Health Promotion and Awareness Among LGBTQ Students
University of the District of ColumbiaSerena Butler-Johnson, PhDThe Development of a Multicultural Competency Training Curriculum for clinical Training in an HBCU Counseling Center
Virginia State UniversityKimberly Boyd, PhDHBCU-CFE Option I: VSU Behavioral Health Initiative Priority Population: African American youth aged 17-24
Wiley CollegeMalcolm Drewery, PhDSupport Student Internships at Behavioral Health Sites
Xavier University of LouisianaMrs. Shirley LabbeXULA Embracing Diversity in Behavioral Health

Option II Recipients

InstitutionProject Director Project Title
Shaw UniversityMs. Jarlene Carver, Director Counseling CenterBehavioral Health Capacity Expansion Mini Grant Program
Edward Waters CollegeJacqueline Conley, PhDBehavioral and Mental Health Campaign
Albany State UniversityDonyale B. Childs, PhDCampus Keepers: Campus Awareness of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month


National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

This month, the world comes together to raise awareness for bullying prevention and to reflect on where we have been, where we are now, and where we hope to be in the years to come. This year’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Month marks the 10th anniversary of its initiation by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. Since 2006, the event has grown to an entire month of education and awareness activities, and is being recognized by schools and communities throughout the world. Find out more!


New Grant Opportunities

Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant

Application Due Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $102,000 per year

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention grants. The purpose of this program is to facilitate a comprehensive public health approach to prevent suicide in institutions of higher education. The grant is designed to assist colleges and universities in building essential capacity and infrastructure to support expanded efforts to promote...Find out more!



Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business!



September is Suicide Prevention Month, and today marks the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Week 2016, with World Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday, September 10th

There are many ways to take part!

Throughout the week GSPIN will update you with the different activities and ways to get involved in in your area.  Support your communities activities, and Remember Find out more!




Student Opportunities

jedfoundationStudent Advisory Council Applications now being accepted!

JED's Student Advisory Council (SAC) is a group of exceptional young people who enhance our impact on campus and bring the student voice and perspective to our programming. We're looking for passionate students who have an interest in mental health and promoting community on campus. If you or someone you know would be interested in this opportunity.

Application Deadline Extended!
One Week Left to Apply for JED's Student Advisory Council
Applications are due by noon EST on Thursday, October 13th.

Find out more or Apply Now!


HBCU Center for Excellence Behavioral Health Sub Award (mini – grant) Opportunity

This opportunity is now closed.  Thank you to all who participated!

SAMHSA: Incidents of Mass Violence

Incidents of mass violence, like those in Orlando, Florida this weekend, can cause people to experience fear, uncertainty, and stress. Immediate help is available. Call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746 for support and or visit us for more counseling options


Who we are

The HBCU-CFE, through its established HBCU network, will target all 105 HBCUs and provide ongoing technical assistance and on-site and distance learning opportunities. The HBCU-CFE will advance these goals by building and strengthening collaborative partnerships

The goals of the HBCU-CFE are to:

  • Promote student behavioral health to positively impact student retention
  • Expand campus service capacity, including the provision of culturally appropriate behavioral health resources
  • Facilitate best practices dissemination, foster student leadership, and behavioral health workforce development

Latest News

2016-2017 PSA Campaign Contest


Upcoming Webinars

RFA Technical Assistance webinars are currently over

TBD: Impact of Counseling Centers on Retention Rates

This webinar occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you.

Bring awareness to the impact of counseling centers on retention rates.

Encourage the appropriate use of the counseling center Put a face on mental health in the Black community

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Recent Events

Lonnie E. Mitchell Policy Academy - March 17th – 19th 2017

To view the presentation by visit the website at and selecting the “Presentations” tab


Mini Grant RFA Technical Assistance Webinars
Thank you to all who attended!

Webinar Presentation

Student Resources

News You Can Use!


A big KUDOS to our own Eugene Herrington, Ph.D., MSW, M.Div, LCSW, for receiving the NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals) Lifetime Achievement Award at their Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN! Dr. Herrington was presented with this prestigious award by NAADAC President, Dr. Kirk Bowden.  The award is presented to individuals who have established outstanding services through a lifetime of consistent contributions to the advancement of the addiction professional and its professionals at a national level.

Internships and Fellowships

NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors Now Accepting Applications for 2016-2017 Academic Year

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals is proud to announce the opening of the 2nd cohort of the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) for master’s level students in the last year of a graduate program with an addiction/substance use disorder program or track. At least 36 students who commit to working with the needs of transition age youth and/or racial and ethnic minorities post-graduation will be provided tuition stipends of up to $20,000 per student, training, and mentorship.

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