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SAMHSA News - May/June 2007, Volume 15, Number 3

From the Administrator: On Capitol Hill

photo of Terry L. Cline, Ph.D., SAMHSA Administrator. Click to view his biography.

 Terry L. Cline, Ph.D.

On May 8, I testified in support of SAMHSA’s reauthorization on Capitol Hill.

My message to Congress was clear: with appropriate help, individuals with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders can and do recover. These conditions are chronic illnesses; relapses are possible; and the recovery process can be protracted. However, with the right services and treatment, the potential for recovery can unfold. Also, with the right efforts ahead of time, we can prevent substance abuse and promote mental health.

SAMHSA’s strategic focus on strengthening delivery systems is essential. By identifying areas of greatest need through data collection, filling those needs through evidence-based service delivery, and then measuring effectiveness through national outcome measures, SAMHSA can work to expand the availability and quality of services for people who need them.

The cornerstone of the Nation’s substance abuse prevention and treatment activities is the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. SAMHSA also funds an array of discretionary grants to build treatment capacity, including the Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment program, and the Access to Recovery Program, an innovative Presidential initiative.

In addition, SAMHSA funds the Strategic Prevention Framework grant program to accomplish the President’s goal to reduce youth drug use across the Nation.

SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services is leading the Federal effort to achieve the vision of a transformed mental health system called for by the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.

To achieve the six goals outlined by the Commission, SAMHSA has worked to ensure that the principles of mental health transformation are present throughout all the Agency's mental health grant activities including the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and discretionary grant programs.

Our continued commitment to a transformed system has a direct impact on improving services for suicide prevention, school violence prevention, and children’s mental health.

Our success hinges on the use of evidence-based practices, which combine the best of research with the delivery of services. SAMHSA funds the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, a Web-based decision support system developed by scientific experts.

With these programs in place, SAMHSA will continue to pursue its mission to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. End of Article

Terry L. Cline, Ph.D.
Administrator, SAMHSA

photo of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 8, 2007
Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2007. Photo by Meredith Hogan Pond

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Inside This Issue
Expanding HIV Assistance:
Outreach, Testing for
At-Risk Individuals
Part 1
Part 2
Resources on HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS Consumer Guide

From the Administrator: On Capitol Hill

Grants: Manual Clarifies Application Process

Children's Mental Health

Virginia Tech Tragedy: Coping with Trauma

Psychological First Aid

Veterans, Families: New Resources

Around the World Treatnet: Improving Treatment Around the Globe

Expanding Treatment in Central America

Treating Alcohol Dependence: Advisory

Recovery Month: Toolkit, PSAs Help Planning Efforts

PRISM Awards in Spotlight

Depression: Reports Offer Statistics

Mental Health Report Available

TAP 21A: Competencies for Clinical Supervisors

HBCU Conference Highlights Workforce

Homelessness Web Site Launched

STD Rates: Alcohol, Drug Use Linked

Staff in the News:
Dr. Kenneth S. Thompson


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SAMHSA News - May/June 2007, Volume 15, Number 3