Annual Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell HBCU Behavioral Health Summit
The 2018 Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Behavioral Health Summit, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA/CSAT) was held February 23-25, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Uptown, Charlotte, NC. SAMHSA sponsored three attendees [one faculty or staff and two student leaders] from 24 HBCUs. SAMHSA, A-G Associates, Inc. and Morehouse School of Medicine, HBCU-Center for Excellence (CFE) provided technical and logistical coordination, in planning the Summit.
This year’s theme was, Building on the Legacy—Preparing Leaders Equipped to Serve the Substance Use and Mental Health Needs of Diverse Communities. The Summit featured research, evidenced-based practices, and lessons learned to increase the number of African Americans and other minorities in the behavioral health field and provide a forum to discuss innovative behavioral health programs for HBCUs. There will be two program tracks:
Track One: Workforce Development – This track will focus on the following fields that are
disproportionately underrepresented by African Americans and other minorities:
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Social Work
- Addiction Field
- Counseling Field
This track included topics on leadership development, career development, steps to licensure and certification, new peer-education techniques, and a discussion about internships and fellowship opportunities.
Track Two: Mental Health and Substance Use – This track included HBCU intervention and treatment strategies, innovative programs, stigma reduction, pharmacological treatments, strategies to address the initial onsite of a mental health diagnosis, and evidenced-based, culturally-appropriate therapies to address mental health issues. This track included HBCU-specific intervention and treatment strategies, innovative strategies to address the growing opioid crisis, early intervention of alcohol use, alternative-wellness strategies, smoking cessation, etc.