SAMHSA Revamps Agency Web Site, Improves Usability
SAMHSA recently redesigned the Agency Web site to improve usability
and to respond to stakeholder needs. The new design also reflects
guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
offers a powerful connection to online information on SAMHSA programs,
public education materials, substance abuse and mental health services,
and SAMHSA grant opportunities.
The site offers separate navigational paths for professionals
and the general public. Public information is tailored to the varying
needs of individuals seeking help, family members looking for resources,
and general readers looking for non-technical information.
SAMHSA's Web site highlights the Agency's Matrix of Program Priorities,
which represent SAMHSA's 11 core service areas: Children and Families,
Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Co-occurring Disorders, Disaster
Readiness and Response, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis, Homelessness, Mental
Health System Transformation, Older Adults, Seclusion and Restraint,
the Strategic Prevention Framework, and Substance Abuse Treatment
Each program area links to resources for professionals, including
technical assistance, online publications, access to print materials,
and notices of upcoming conferences.
In addition, programs and activities as well as online resources
are featured along with links to each of SAMHSA's three Centers.
"Doing Business with SAMHSA" links to SAMHSA's online
business information, including contract opportunities and
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Click-by-Click Access to Grants Information
The Web site's redesign includes a retooling of SAMHSA's grant
announcement process. The new appearance makes it easier for potential
grant applicants to find details of upcoming funding opportunities,
access tips for creating a successful application, and locate other
key information with a click of the mouse.
A "click-by-click" tutorial gives users a comprehensive
review of all grants management information, technical assistance
and training for grant applicants, and archives of past grant recipients
and programs. When available, 2005 funding opportunities will be
posted along with previews of other future grant opportunities.
For more information, see "How
To Use This Site: Click-by-Click Instructions" on the Grants
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Quick Picks Resources
The "Quick Picks" box offers links to statistics and
data, workplace resources, and the new online Communications Center—the
place to find news releases, SAMHSA publications from the National
Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information and from the National
Mental Health Information Center, and SAMHSA News online.
Users can also sign up here to be added to the Agency's mailing
The Quick Picks box also features rotating links to some of SAMHSA's
campaigns and programs, including National Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Recovery Month, the Faith-based and Community Initiative, Family
Guide to Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy and Drug Free, the Substance
Abuse Facility Locator, Emergency Services and Disaster Relief Activities,
the Knowledge Application Program.
Future issues of SAMHSA News will highlight special service
areas of the new Web site. For more information, visit www.samhsa.gov.
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