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SAMHSA News - July/August 2006, Volume 14, Number 4

SAMHSA Expands Matrix

SAMHSA recently released a revised matrix of program priorities and cross-cutting principles. The matrix was developed 5 years ago at the request of SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie, M.A, A.C.S.W., from a series of dialogues with stakeholders in the field. Since then, the matrix has evolved as part of an ongoing dialogue to help shape SAMHSA's future directions and priorities and has guided the Agency's program and policy decisions and resource allocation.

photo of SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie standing beside the SAMHSA matrix of priorities as he addresses participants at a recent conference Standing beside the SAMHSA matrix of priorities created during his years at the Agency, SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie addresses participants at a recent conference.

The new matrix includes suicide prevention and workforce development as major program priority areas. Disaster readiness and response was changed from a program priority to a cross-cutting principle because it affects all SAMHSA operations. The cross-cutting principle of collaboration now includes an emphasis on international work, and the principle of reducing stigma includes a new focus on reducing discrimination.

SAMHSA's 12 program priorities include co-occurring disorders, substance abuse treatment capacity, seclusion and restraint, strategic prevention framework, children and families, mental health system transformation, suicide prevention, homelessness, older adults, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, criminal and juvenile justice, and workforce development.

The cross-cutting management principles include science to services/evidence-based practices; data for performance measurement and management; collaboration with public, private, and international partners; reducing stigma and discrimination and other barriers to services; cultural competency/eliminating disparities; community and faith-based approaches; trauma and violence; financing strategies and cost-effectiveness; rural and other specific settings; and disaster readiness and response.

For more information, visit the SAMHSA Web site at www.samhsa.gov/matrix/matrix_brochure_2006.pdfEnd of Article

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SAMHSA News - July/August 2006, Volume 14, Number 4