Despite a glut of mental health practitioners in some communities, ethnic minority communities in the United States continue to face extreme shortages. People in poor and minority communities have a harder time finding help and, when they do get treatment, it is typically of poorer quality, according to studies.
This problem will drastically increase if President Bush gets his way: The proposed budget for 2009 will eliminate the long-running Minority Fellowship Program, thereby reducing training opportunities for minority professionals who are more willing to work in critically underserved communities.
Clicking either here or on the "Contact Congress Now" box below will take you to an American Psychological Association-sponsored website where you can email your Congress member and urge him or her to save this 33-year-old fellowship program. It takes less than three minutes.