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SAMHSA News - May/June 2008, Volume 16, Number 3

Women’s Services: New Members

SAMHSA recently appointed nine new members to SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS).

Susan C. Ayers, L.I.C.S.W., Executive Director of the Guidance Center, Inc., is a leading provider of comprehensive child and family services in Cambridge, MA.

Jean Lau Chin, Ed.D., is Professor and Dean at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies of Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer on gender-responsive and trauma-informed services in La Jolla, CA.

Roger D. Fallot, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Evaluation at Community Connections, Washington, DC, and a national consultant specializing in trauma-informed systems of care.

Renata J. Henry, M.Ed., is Director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, an operating division of Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS), New Castle, DE.

Gail P. Hutchings, M.P.A., is president and CEO of the Behavioral Health Policy Collaborative in Alexandria, VA.

Amanda Manbeck, is Executive Director and Program Manager of White Bison, Inc., which provides resources to the Native American community nationwide, in Colorado Springs, CO.

Jacki McKinney, M.S.W., is Director and co-founder of the National People of Color Consumer/Survivor Network of Philadelphia, PA, and Program Manager at the National Center for Trauma Informed Care.

Britt Rios-Ellis, Ph.D., Professor of Health Science at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and the Director of the National Council of La Raza/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health.

SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services, established in 1992, meets twice yearly and advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Associate Administrator for Women’s Services, the SAMHSA Administrator, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on activities and policies related to women’s substance abuse and mental health services.

For more information on the Committee, visit

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