Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health (HBCU CARES)




Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in efforts to increase the number of racial and ethnic minority students entering behavioral health fields, including careers related to the treatment of substance use disorder (SUDs) and co-occurring mental health disorders (COD). Helps students discover and access behavioral health as an area of study and behavioral health career opportunities. Raises awareness of inequities and health disparities among minority and marginalized communities affected by substance use and mental illness.

What This Program Offers

HBCU CARES can provide:

  • Assistance in developing partnerships among HBCUs and other organizations to strengthen behavioral health recruitment and training activities
  • Assistance to students as they continue their education in behavioral health
  • Technical assistance
  • Access to peer student ambassadors to present and discuss behavioral health career opportunities available to students
  • A search tool to help students find behavioral health graduate programs in colleges and universities across the country
  • Other tools, presentations, and resources to help expose students to behavioral health issues, areas of study, and career paths

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing or considering pursuing careers in behavioral health

Geographic Coverage



There is no application process for participation.

For technical assistance or to request an Ambassadors Program presentation:

Graduate students in behavioral health can find the 2022 Behavioral Health Ambassador application online.

Topics This Program Addresses

Colleges and Universities • Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Substance Use Disorder • Youth