REACH (Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally informed Healthcare) is a 5-year initiative funded by SAMHSA–Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration–with a two-fold mission:

  1. Increase the overall number of racial and ethnic underrepresented minority (URM) addiction specialists in the Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine workforce, and
  2. Increase the number of addiction specialists adequately trained to work with racial and ethnic URM patients with substance use disorders (SUD)

In the summer of 2019, REACH held their 1st Annual Intensive Summer Course. Learn more about the course.

The 1-Week Intensive for 2020 is tentatively scheduled for the March due to COVID-19.

The REACH application is now closed. We are not accepting any more applications for the 2021/22 cohort. Please consider applying again next year. If you have any questions, please contact the program manager, Dafna Paltin, at

We appreciate your interest in providing culturally-informed healthcare to under-represented minority patients with substance use disorders. We encourage you to visit pcssNOW and explore opportunities for free training and mentoring opportunities.

To learn more about the program, please dowload our Flyer, Web Brochure, and visit our website.

For questions, please contact