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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2009, Volume 17, Number 6 

photo of new SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Pamela S. Hyde (left) is sworn in by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (right).

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn In as New Administrator

On Monday, December 7, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., was sworn in as SAMHSA Administrator at 10:15 a.m. in a private ceremony at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, DC.

Later that afternoon, the new Administrator toured the Agency’s headquarters in Rockville, MD, and exchanged greetings with SAMHSA leadership and staff.

Ms. Hyde comes to SAMHSA with more than 30 years of experience in management and consulting for public health care and human services agencies. She has served as a state mental health director, state human services director, city housing and human services director, as well as CEO of a private nonprofit managed behavioral health care firm. In 2003, she was appointed cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department.

President Barack Obama nominated Ms. Hyde in November, and the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination soon after.

Ms. Hyde held a briefing with SAMHSA constituents on December 10. See a Webcast of the constituent briefing.

 
photo of CSAP Director Frances M. Harding and Ms. Hyde photo of CSAT Director H. Westley Clark and Ms. Hyde with other staff
photo of CMHS Director A. Kathryn Power and Ms. Hyde with other staff

After the swearing-in ceremony, the new Administrator toured SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, MD, and exchanged greetings with Center Directors and staff. Photos by A. Martín Castillo





  News & Updates  
Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Read more, view Webcast, and see photos.

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Study may help to highlight the need for public education about the Federal parity law.

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Entertainment industry and consumer leaders honored in Hollywood. Photo gallery.


  Publications  
TIP 52:  Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

TIP 52: Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

Improving counselors’ skills takes coaching and mentoring.

Guidelines: Responding to Mental Health Crises

Report offers principles for safe interventions.

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Cross-agency, unified approach is recommended.


  Grants  
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Call for applications include Peer-to-Peer Recovery program.

Tribal Grants Awarded

In Montana, a tribal group recently accepted a “big check.”


  Homelessness  
New Research Available on Parenting

New Research on Parenting

SAMHSA staff recently guest-edited 11 articles that focus on parenting.

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

New, interactive Web site features a library of tools.


  Adolescents & Substance Use  
“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

Online toolkit helps family, teachers, and doctors keep teens from abusing prescription drugs.

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer youth are using tobacco products.

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Age relates to teens’ perception of the danger of substance use.


  Suicide Awareness  
Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

Lifeline’s Twitter, Facebook numbers rise.


  Prevention Update  
Native American Center for Excellence

Native American Center for Excellence

Recent event included a hoop dancing demonstration.



  Also in this Issue  
Gender Differences in Adolescents

Gender Differences in Adolescents

State reports on behavioral health problems presented by gender.

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

Order free wallet cards in English and en español.



  


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