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Welcome Dr. Kenneth S. Thompson
Kenneth S. Thompson, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at the University
of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, recently joined the staff of SAMHSA’s
Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) as Associate Director of Medical Affairs.
Dr. Thompson will provide comprehensive medical leadership in the diverse integrated planning,
design, and implementation actions that relate to CMHS programs and objectives.
He also will monitor
the application of relevant American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association
professional standards to CMHS policies and programs.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Thompson has worked as a community psychiatrist in primary care and
HIV clinics, state hospitals, disaster response teams, homeless outreach teams, and community
mental health centers.
He actively supports psychiatrists interested in public service,
community mental health, and transformation of mental health services to support recovery.
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