Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Infobox Government agency
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agency_name = United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
formed = 1992
Federal government of the United States
chief1_name = "Terry Cline"
chief1_position = "Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Administrator"
parent_agency = Department of Health and Human Services
website = [http://www.samhsa.gov www.samhsa.gov]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the US Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from
substance abuseand mental illnesses. SAMHSA is a branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
It was founded in 1992 as part of a reorganization of the Federal administration of mental health services; the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) was abolished and its service components were transferred to the newly-organized SAMSHA. SAMHSA provides a number of services, including grant to agencies throughout America, public campaigns, system reform, policy, and program analysis.
As of January 2007, SAMHSA's Administrator is
Terry Cline, Ph.D., who reports to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt. Cline replaced Charles Curie, who resigned in May 2006. The building is located in Rockville, Maryland.
SAMHSA consists of three centers and five offices. They are:
*Office of the Administrator (OA)
*Office of Policy, Planning and Budget (OPPB)
*Office of Program Services (OPS)
*Office of Applied Studies (OAS)
*Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
*Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
*Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
Their budget for the Fiscal Year 2008 is about $3.2 billion. It has been re-authorized for the upcoming year by the current presidential administration.
In February 2004, the administration was accused of requiring the name change of an Oregon mental health conference from "Suicide Prevention Among Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Individuals" to "Suicide Prevention in Vulnerable Populations."
In 2002, President George W. Bush established the
New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The resulting report would provide the foundation for Mental Health Services for the Federal Government. There remain many critics on this report "Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America" (read: Opposition of New Freedom Commission on Mental Health)
Treatment Improvement Protocols
United States Department of Health and Human Services
* [http://www.samhsa.gov/ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)]
* [http://www.nih.gov/about/almanac/archive/1998/organization/nimh/history.html National Institute of Mental Health : Important Events in NIMH History]
* [http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid03200.asp Federal agency caught in uproar over workshop title]
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