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SAMHSA News - January/February 2008, Volume 16, Number 1

SAMHSA National Advisory Council Introduces New Members

SAMHSA recently announced the appointments of seven new members to its SAMHSA National Advisory Council.

A 12-member panel of experts, the Council advises the Agency’s Administrator and the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, concerning the mental health and substance abuse services and policy and program activities supported by SAMHSA. New members include:

  • Marvin Alexander, Youth Coordinator, Mid-South Health Systems, Inc., A.C.T.I.O.N. for Kids Project, Jonesboro, AR, represents the mental health perspective of youth at forums nationwide.

  • George Braunstein, Executive Director, Virginia Community Services Board of Chesterfield County, VA, has designed conference programs for the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors.

  • Terry L. Cross, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Executive Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Inc., Portland, OR, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work. He is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

  • Judy Cushing, President and CEO, Oregon Partnership, Portland, OR, is a national leader on substance abuse prevention issues.

  • Keith Humphreys, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, researches interventions for substance abuse and psychiatric disorders.

  • Cynthia A. Wainscott, former President and CEO, Mental Health America, Cartersville, GA, has special interests in youth, in prevention across the lifespan, and in recovery for all affected by mental illnesses.

  • Edward K.S. Wang, Psy.D., Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of Mental Health, Boston, MA, has designed and developed a statewide multicultural mental health service delivery system.

For details on the SAMHSA National Advisory Council, visit

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