AAMFT members have a unique opportunity to participate in an important federal committee that will be making recommendations to Congress concerning serious mental illness.
SAMHSA is recruiting MFTs and other mental health professions to serve on a federal committee, Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, that will be examining advances in research relating to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance, and the effectiveness of federal programs related to SMI and SED. SAMHSA is looking for 14 non-federal employees to serve on this committee, including MFTs and other mental health professions willing to serve in one of the following five committee positions:
- A licensed mental health professional with a specialty in treating children and adolescents with a serious emotional disturbance;
- A mental health professional who has research or clinical mental health experience in working with minorities;
- A mental health professional who has research or clinical mental health experience in working with medically underserved populations;
- A person with experience providing services for homeless individuals and working with adults with a serious mental illness, children with a serious emotional disturbance, or individuals in a mental health crisis.
- A representative of a leading research, advocacy, or service organization for adults with a serious mental illness
For more information on this committee and the eligibility requirements for providers, please visit SAMHSA's website. Nominations are due to SAMHSA by Friday, June 2.