Integrity House of Newark said Senior Director Shelton Clark is a recipient of the 2022 Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors. Clark is one of only 50 recipients nationwide accepted into the MFP-AC program, which is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Made possible by a grant awarded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the goal of the program is to ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being.
Eligible minorities include but are not limited to racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, rural or military groups. The NBCC MFP-AC strengthens the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors who provide direct substance use disorder services to minority populations.
As a senior director at Integrity House, Clark oversees day-to-day program operations for the men’s halfway house programs, providing effective and measurable strategies for comprehensive addictions treatment, mental health treatment and support services to make long-term recovery possible for clients. Currently enrolled in Kean University’s Master’s in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Clark is utilizing the NBCC MFP-AC grant to help fund his continued education. He is expected to complete his studies in spring 2024.
“Shelton has been a remarkable asset to Integrity House’s Men’s Recovery Program, contributing his expertise and knowledge to help advance our mission and to make a positive impact on the lives of our clients,” Robert Budsock, CEO and president of Integrity House, stated. “This honor is very well-deserved, and we are thankful to Shelton for his dedication to our clients, for his drive for professional growth and for his determination to address and to help solve treatment and service gaps for underserved populations.”