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Organization’s Function

To increase inclusion, equity and diversity in the field of mental health by providing historically underrepresented communities with access to evidence-based prevention and treatment and by training racially diverse providers.

APF offers scholarships & grants to:

Individuals and Families

Schools and Organizations

Postdocs, Postgraduate Social Workers, Pre-doctoral Psychology Interns and Externs

Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Undergraduate College and High School Students

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission:
To overcome behavioral health disparities that exist among racially diverse and underserved populations by increasing access to evidence-based prevention, treatment, training and education.

Our Vision:
To provide equal access to evidence-based mental health services and training to underserved communities.

Core Values

We value diversity, inclusion, teamwork, empathy, respect for others, integrity, accountability, growth and development, dedication to science and data, and excellence.

Diversity & Inclusion

Respecting diverse thoughts, opinions, and acceptance of all persons regardless of background

Teamwork

Cooperating, collaborating, building meaningful relationships with kindness and compassion, respecting differing viewpoints, and working towards the greater good of the organization

Honesty and Integrity

Speaking the truth to others with sincerity, compassion, authority, and confidence. We will demonstrate strength in character to our clients, potential clients, ourselves, vendors, staff, and others with whom we interact

Accountability

Accepting responsibility for our words, actions and results, and making necessary adjustments, if needed, to ensure success

Growth and Development

Seeking out and embracing opportunities to enhance our personal and professional development

Science and Data

Ensuring science and data informs the selection of mental health treatments and education, and how we approach the achievement of our larger mission

Excellence

Achieving excellence by serving with passion and creativity and striving to perform at the highest level, being open to feedback, being fallible, and being open, nonjudgmental, and engaging in a process of critical thinking and life-long learning from ourselves and our colleagues

Play, Fulfillment and Building Relationships with Likeminded People

Balancing our commitment to learning, teaching, and applying evidence-based and life-saving treatments to our clients, we simultaneously encourage and promote an atmosphere of enjoyment, laughter and fun, when interacting amongst ourselves, our clients, and others

Facts / Statistics

Whether online or in person, care is still out of reach for many due to cost, difficulty finding providers who accept insurance and a glaring lack of clinicians of color, to name only a few barriers.

Finding a therapist who understands their lived experience and “what it is to be a person of color in America is much harder because not only is Psychology predominantly a white field but also because medical schools offer limited training on the intersection of race and mental health".

+30%

Increased Suicide Rates Among Black People

Even pre-pandemic, rates of suicide among black people increased 30% from 2014-2019, while rates among white people began to drop by the end of that period.

1 of 3

High School Students Reported Feelings of Depression

Before the pandemic began, in Jan 2020, more than 1 in 3 HS students in the country reported persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness.

20%

White US Adult Population Received Mental Health Care

20% of the white US adult population received mental health care while less than 10% of adults identifying as Black, Hispanic, Asian did.

41%

More US Adults Felt Symptoms of Depression or Anxiety

According to the CDC, from Jan-Feb 2021, more than 41% of US adults said they felt symptoms of depression or anxiety in the past week compared to 36% in summer 2020.

Statistic Sources: NAMI, APF

Where are the treatments that work for mental disorders?
Increasing access to evidence-based treatments. Unfortunately, to date, there are still a large number of therapists who are not trained and thus do not provide evidence-based psychosocial interventions for their clients with mental disorders.

Answer: Access Psychology Foundation will provide scholarships to clients to receive evidence-based therapies for a range of mental disorders.

Where are the therapists of color?
Nearly 81% of all mental health professional in the US are White. Hispanic providers make up 9%, and just over 7% of all mental health professionals are Black.

Answer: Access Psychology Foundation will increase the network of mental health professionals from underrepresented populations through innovative training programs and generous scholarships.

How do schools respond to the increasing mental health demands of their students?
School psychologists are overwhelmed as they are responsible for, on average, 1,211 students. Anxiety and depression were up 20% in 2020 especially among young people, with a 334% increase in self-harm among teens.

Answer: Access Psychology Foundation will provide grants to schools to help support the students and families they work with through ongoing training and consultations.

Our Team

Our staff is dedicated to eliminating inequities in mental health treatment and training through APF’s generous scholarships and high-quality programming.

Damian Travier

Executive Director

Alec L. Miller, PsyD

President

Lata K. McGinn, PhD

Vice President

Donate Now

It’s our responsibility to act now and embark on building a scalable network of mental health professionals and educators who will bring evidence-based therapies to underserved communities