Foundation Fact Sheet

Our Mission

The Foundation for the Advancement of Human Systems (FAHS) exists to fund research focusing on healthy and strong human systems – individuals, couples, families and communities.

Our Commitment

  • Research on best practices, practice management, and MFT community—to strengthen the practice of marriage and family therapy and support the work of clinicians, educators and researchers
  • Promote education in systemic and relational practices
  • Engage in outreach to increase awareness of the marriage and family therapy practice and profession

Our Programs

Over the past years, the Advancement of Humans Systems (FAHS) has been granting and awarding the current and next generations of MFT students, professionals, clinicians, supervisors, educators and researchers.

Key Performance Ratios
Fellow Cohort Year  2007-2014
 2015-2016  2016-2017  2017-2018  2018-2019

 2019-2020   2020-2021  2021-2022   2022-2023
FAHS Minority Fellowship Program- Masters (Formally NITT-Y)
   30  41  37  41 38 43  33  59  51 
FAHS Minority Fellowship Program- D & DCF       163       25   25        25    25     25 25  22  25  25 
Awards   2009-2020                   
Dissertation Award         25                                                    
Graduate Student Research Award         15                                       
Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders
Minority Stipend  10                                       
Master's Thesis Award          18                                                     
Outstanding Research Publication Award  4                  
Distinguished Leadership Award                       
Organizational Contribution Award 5    

FAHS Minority Fellowship Program

The Foundation has received $13,861,892 from 2009-2023, in grants from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to administer the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). SAMHSA partly funds the needs of the FAHS MFP program. Each year this is a need for support from the community at large to cover operational costs of $275,000 that is not funded through SAMHSA. The FAHS MFP program needs your financial support through donations. To support the FAHS MFP program, click here to donate through GiveButter.

Starting in 2014, the MFP was expanded to include Master’s level students as part of the Now Is The Time: Minority Fellowship Program- Youth (NITT-MFP-Y). This new Fellowship program will offer significant financial and professional development support to Master’s level MFT students, who are interested in providing behavioral health services to racial and ethnic minority children, adolescence, youth, and individuals in transition to adulthood (16-25).


2014  2015  2016  2017  2018   2019 2020  2021  2022  TOTAL
 $4,154,836    $1,326,178 
 $1,355,979   $1,454,594   $1,427,373  $1,435,711  $1,327,188  $1,405,344  $1,644,193   $16,882,499

The FAHS MFP program is SAMHSA’s premier mental health workforce development training program focused on reducing mental health disparities faced by underserved and minority communities. From 2009-2022, the MFP provided over 600 Fellowships to Fellows from across the country. These Fellows share a common vision of, and demonstrated commitment to, advancing the health and well-being of underserved minority populations through their research and service. The MFP supports these Fellows through the provision of financial support, advanced clinical and research training, professional development, and mentoring.

Your Support Matters

Thank you to our supporters and please consider contributing when you renew your dues!


Your support will help us achieve our goals and our continued commitment to our Mission. To support the Foundation, you can make a donation today here. According to IRS regulation, contributions to the Advancement of Humans Systems (FAHS) are 100% tax deductible as a charitable contribution.