The National Institute for Maximal Human Development
is the Training Division for BMHA

The Need

  • According to the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Black people are 20 percent more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population and yet, only about 25 percent of Black people seek mental health care as compared to 40 percent of white people. The reasons for this disparity is because of lack of health insurance, distrust of the mental health system, misdiagnosis of symptoms, lack of cultural competence and stigma.

The Solution

  • BMHA recognizes that specialized professional development and continuing education are still needed to give cultural insight to mental health practitioners and other professionals who serve Black families and communities of color. In partnership with selected communities and agencies, The Institute will offer culturally-relevant, community-based and community-defined family resiliency models, which are skilled based and led by both indigenous community helpers and highly qualified professionals.


  • The Psychology of Valuing Black Children
  • Black Pain / Black Rage
  • The Psycho-Social Effects of Structural Racism
  • The Opioid Addiction Crisis: In Black and White
  • Mental Health/Illness in The Faith-Based Community