SAMHSA Welcomes Input on Strategic Initiatives

samhsa_logo.pngSAMHSA is seeking comments on eight proposed strategic initiatives designed to maximize the impact of limited resources on what it calls “areas of urgency and opportunity.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration outlined these initiatives in a draft report, Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA’s Roles and Actions 2011–2014.

“In the years ahead, budgetary pressures mean that SAMHSA and the behavioral health field will face serious financial constraints,” the agency states in the report’s Executive Summary.

The summary describes “significant change[s]” underway in the health care field following the March 23, 2010, passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “These initiatives will focus SAMHSA’s efforts and maximize the impact of our resources on areas of urgency and opportunity,” SAMHSA states on its Web site.

These initiatives are:

  • Preventing Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
  • Reducing the health impact of trauma and violence
  • Ensuring America’s service men and women have access to behavioral health services
  • Reducing disparities in the availability of health care coverage
  • Providing housing and effective recovery programs for homeless people with mental and substance use disorders
  • Making sure the behavioral health provider network participates in the adoption of Health Information Technology
  • Implementing an integrated data strategy that informs policy, measures program impact and improves services and outcomes for patients
  • Increasing public understanding of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services.

Comments may be submitted either in person between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2010, at SAMHSA’s Sugarloaf Conference Room in Rockville, MD, or online through Oct. 22, 2010.

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