SAMHSA Region IX
90 7th Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Captain Jon Perez, Ph.D., is the Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IX. His federal service spans over 20 years, with a range of previous positions from directing clinical service programs to providing national leadership as the Director of Behavioral Health for the Indian Health Service.
Dr. Perez is also well known for developing programs for disaster response and international health diplomacy efforts. He began his disaster relief work responding to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California, and has been actively involved in developing and deploying disaster teams domestically and internationally since then, first with civilian relief organizations, and now with multiple federal response groups. Among his international missions are assignments as the behavioral health commander for initial U.S. tsunami relief efforts aboard USNS Mercy in Banda Aceh, and serving as the Senior Liaison Officer between coalition forces and the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health. His domestic deployments include leading health response teams for a range of missions from Hurricane responses to Presidential Inaugurations.
In addition to numerous other professional, military, academic, and civic honors, Dr. Perez received a letter of commendation from the President of the United States in 1991 for his pioneering work with military families in over 20 countries during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; the Secretary of Health and Human Services Distinguished Service Award in 2006 for his work on behalf of Louisiana school children following hurricanes Katrina and Rita; and the White Eagle Feather in 1999 from the people of the White Mountain Apache Tribe for his seven years’ work with them as their behavioral health director.
Dr. Perez is a native Californian who was raised, trained, and still lives in Region IX. In addition to California, he has also lived in Nevada and Arizona, and served in Hawaii on numerous military and civilian missions.