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SAMHSA News - January/February 2007, Volume 15, Number 1

SAMHSA Welcomes Terry L. Cline New Administrator

Terry L. Cline, Ph.D., assumed the post of SAMHSA Administrator in early January. The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Cline’s nomination on December 9, 2006.

President Bush nominated Dr. Cline in early November.

As Administrator, Dr. Cline reports to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt and oversees SAMHSA’s $3.3 billion budget.

Prior to his Senate confirmation, Dr. Cline served as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Health (beginning May 2004) and Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (beginning January 2001).

Earlier in his career, Dr. Cline served at SAMHSA as a health care policy fellow at SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. His primary focus at that time included organization and financing of mental health services.

Dr. Cline’s professional history includes a 6-year appointment as a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston. In addition, he served as chairman of the governing board for a Harvard teaching hospital in Cambridge, and as Clinical Director of the Cambridge Youth Guidance Center.

Over the years, he has involved himself in community service, including membership on committees with a focus on improving the health of the community.

Dr. Cline grew up in Ardmore, OK and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1980. He then received both a master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University, and completed a clinical internship at Children's Hospital in Boston, MA.

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