Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) is an agency of the United States federal
The front of the SAMHSA building in
It is 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 abuse
. SAMHSA is a branch
of the Health and
Human Services Department
, and its director (administrator)
reports directly to the Health and Human Services Secretary.
SAMHSA's headquarters building is located in Rockville,
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 block grants to
agencies throughout America, publicity campaigns, and data analysis
for system reform, policy, and programs.
Charles Curie was SAMHSA's director until his resignation in May
2006. In December 2006 Terry Cline
appointed as SAMHSA's director. Dr. Cline served through August
2008. Rear Admiral Eric Broderick has been acting director since
Dr. Cline's departure, and previously served in that role between
Dr. Curie and Dr. Cline.
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 was about $3.2 billion. It
was re-authorized for 2009.
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 was intended to provide
the foundation for the federal government's Mental Health Services
programs. There are many critics of this report "Achieving the
Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America".
- "Agency Biographies: Acting Administrator of
SAMHSA" Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
- "Dr. Broderick Tapped for Interim Post"
SAMHSA News (September/October 2006) 14(5): p. 2
- Joe Crea, Feb 25, 2005. "Suicide prevention workshop retains ‘gay’
title", Washington Blade.
- February 26, 2005. "Northwest: Oregon: Workshop's Original Title
Restored", The New York Times.
- For the opposition to this report see: New Freedom
Commission on Mental Health#Opposition.