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SAMHSA Advisory

Date: 3/9/2011 1:00 PM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

Health care experts and military leaders hold public roundtable to discuss a new cooperative venture to enhance behavioral health care services to military families

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Administrator Pamela S. Hyde and Brigadier General John D. Owen, Assistant to the Command Surgeon, Air Mobility Command for the Missouri Air National Guard will join with others in hosting a public roundtable discussion on the "Citizen Solider Assistance Program" -- an innovative effort to enhance behavioral health services to members of the Missouri National Guard and their families. This program will be built on a number of promising strategies learned through several SAMHSA-sponsored grants. The Citizen Soldier Assistance Program is being developed by Burrell Behavioral Health and other administrative agencies for the Missouri Department of Mental Health in conjunction with the Missouri National Guard.
This roundtable is part of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative on Military Families, an agency wide effort to better anticipate and meet the full range of behavioral health issues affecting service members, veterans and their families. This strategic priority implements many of the objectives set forth recently in the President’s Military Family Report, "Strengthening Our Military Families: Meeting America’s Commitment."
WHO:   Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., Administrator, SAMHSA, U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
             Brig. Gen. John D. Owen, Assistant to the Command Surgeon, Air Mobility Command for the Missouri Air
             National Guard
             Keith Schafer, PhD, Director, Missouri Department of Mental Health
             Judy Baker, Regional Director for U.S. Health and Human Services Region VII
             Todd Schaible, Ph.D., President and CEO Burrell Behavioral Health
             Paul Thomlinson, PhD, VP Research and QA, Burrell Behavioral Health
             Jim Rives, MA, VP Corporate Development, Burrell Behavioral Health
WHEN: Friday, March 11, 2011 -- 1 to 2 p.m. (Opportunity for brief Q & A to follow)
WHERE:  Burrell Behavioral Health
               The Children’s Center (3rd floor)
               1300 E. Bradford Parkway
               Springfield, Missouri 65804

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Last updated: 3/9/2011 1:25 PM

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