Anne M. Herron currently serves as the Director of the Division of Regional and National Policy Liaison and the agency lead for the SAMHSA Workforce Development Strategic Initiative. The activities of the Division include policy liaison work in such areas as: disaster and emergency management; legislative, regulatory and congressional activities; service members, veterans and military families; tobacco and health, and International and territorial affairs. The policy innovation work encompasses such topics as workforce development, health services and integration, health information technology, children’s services, among others. In addition, the Division is responsible for the overall management of SAMHSA’s Regional Offices.
The Workforce Development Strategic Initiative will support and coordinate strategies to strengthen the behavioral health workforce. Through technical assistance, training and focused programs, the initiative will promote an integrated, aligned, competent workforce that enhances the availability of prevention and treatment for substance abuse and mental illness, strengthens the capabilities of behavioral health professionals, and promotes the infrastructure of health systems to deliver competent, organized behavioral health services. This initiative will continually monitor and assess the needs of peers, communities, and health professionals in meeting behavioral health needs in America’s transformed health promotion and health care delivery systems.
Prior to this position, Ms. Herron was the Director of the Division of State and Community Assistance in SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, (CSAT). The activities of the Division provide the primary link between CSAT and the States and Territories in the development and maintenance of treatment systems for persons with addictive disorders. The Division manages the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant to the States and Territories, as well as activities that focus on Co-Occurring Disorders and Homelessness and the data needs of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the States.
Before coming to Federal service, Ms. Herron worked in the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services where she served as Director of Treatment. Ms. Herron is a nationally certified addiction counselor, with more than 30 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.