Part V. APPENDIX TO THE PERFORMANCE PLAN
C. Partnerships and Coordination
SAMHSA shares responsibility for long-term performance outcomes such as
reduction in the national rates of substance abuse with many different Federal,
State, Community and non-profit partners. SAMHSA's established networks with
its grantees and external partners contribute significantly to the
effectiveness of the agency. Partners and stakeholders include participation
from multiple sectors:
State and local governments, which administer the public mental health and
substance abuse service systems;
Non-profit treatment providers, such as community mental health clinics,
substance abuse clinics and other community organizations;
Other grantees or interested parties, such as hospitals, universities, community
agencies and research institutes;
Foundations, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Casey Family
Foundation, and the Kaiser Family Foundation; and
Current or former consumers/clients and their families.
Faith-based and Community based Organizations
Examples of Key Federal Partners Include:
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) coordinates the Federal
agencies involved in the national drug control effort.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - NIH institutes closely work with SAMHSA
and are vital partners in the "Science to Services" initiative. Primary links
are with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National
Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Mental Health.
SAMHSA works closely with the Institutes to identify interventions demonstrated
to be effective through research and evaluation. The Science to Service process
brings together researchers, service providers, consumers and families, and
government officials at all levels to speed the introduction of evidence-based
practices into the community. It also brings these groups together to identify
areas where clinical service needs are great and where research presently does
not give adequate direction, thereby providing focus for Institute research
agendas and SAMHSA Science to Service transmission activities.
Department of Education - (DOE) Provides leadership for disseminating evidence
based strategies in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education for
reducing youth and young adult substance abuse. This includes ensuring that
professional counseling programs integrate science based material into the
curriculum. DOE has formed a collaboration with SAMHSA and other partners
called the " The Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program." This program is designed
to prevent violence in and around schools, and strengthen programs that prevent
the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
Department of Justice (DOJ) - DOJ includes the Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI,
and the Office of the U.S. Attorney. DOJ is involved in interdiction and
prosecutions relating to the supply of illegal drugs. Reducing the supply of
highly addictive drugs such as cocaine and heroin is important in reducing
substance abuse of illegal drugs.