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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
March/April 2009, Volume 17, Number 2 

Delany Promoted

Peter J. Delany, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Director of SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies (OAS), recently was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral Lower Half in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.

Rear Admiral Delany was honored at a promotion ceremony, which opened with a welcome by Captain Carol Rest-Mincberg for family, friends, and colleagues, followed by the Presentation of the Colors by the Surgeon General’s Honor Guard.

SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric B. Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H., offered opening remarks.

Richard A. Millstein, J.D., gave the keynote speech. A reception followed the presentation program.


A career officer, Rear Admiral Delany has more than 26 years of experience in social work practice, teaching, and public health-based research in behavioral health.

Before being appointed Director of OAS, he worked as a senior health analyst at OAS, where he focused on questions related to service delivery. He also held positions at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Rear Admiral Delany received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Catholic University of America. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the USPHS Outstanding Service Medal, Commendation Medal, and Achievement Medal.


The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,000 full-time, well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the Nation’s public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science.

The mission of the Commissioned Corps is “Protecting, Promoting, and Advancing the Health and Safety of the Nation.”

Find out more about USPHS.

  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Treatment as an Alternative to Jail

Treatment as an Alternative to Jail & Related Articles


Funding Opportunities

Requests for applications include a variety of new grants including Project Launch.

Awards for Suicide Prevention

Awards for Suicide Prevention

Symbolic “big checks” were presented to six organizations.

  Underage Drinking  
Underage Drinking: Related Articles

Underage Drinking: Related Articles

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Find out what you can do to help prevent and reduce drinking by teens and college students.

  Building Awareness  
Inhalants Often “First”

Inhalants Often “First”

News of recent deaths from sniffing refrigerants.

Are Prevention Messages Working?

Are Prevention Messages Working?

We’ve heard the commercials urging parents to talk. Are teens getting the message?

American Indians, Alaska Natives

American Indians, Alaska Natives

“Culture Card” offers information on tribal sovereignty, myths & facts, and more.

  Mental Health  

Economy: Help in Tough Times

You can’t see stress, but you certainly can feel it. A new SAMHSA Web site offers resources, referrals, and more.

States, IT, and Mental Health Services

States, IT, and Mental Health Services

A recent report gives a state-by-state update on information technology’s effect.

Lifeline on Twitter

Lifeline on Twitter

“Tweets” from the Nat’l Suicide Prevention Lifeline help awareness.

  Treatment Roundup  

Admissions, Facilities, & More

Recent data from two SAMHSA surveys – National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) and Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) – provide updated information.

DVD Kit on Homelessness

DVD Kit on Homelessness

Programs in Seattle and Philadelphia are two success stories highlighted in this DVD.

Recovery Month

Recovery Month

Send your press releases, studies, and news on recovery for posting on the site.

  Staff in the News  
Kana Enomoto Honored

Kana Enomoto Honored

Deputy Administrator receives the inaugural King Davis Award for Emerging Leadership.

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