SAMHSA Region II
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
- National Resources
- Behavioral Health Barometer: National & State, 2015
- Behavioral Health Barometer: HHS Region 2, 2014 (PDF | 3 MB)
Mr. Dennis O. Romero, M.A. is the first Regional Administrator (RA), HHS Region II for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In his role, Mr. Romero represents the Administrator at the regional level in fulfilling SAMHSA’s mission of reducing the impact of mental and/or substance use disorders on America’s communities. He provides authoritative advice and assistance on behavioral health policies and innovations for use in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery services. He also develops regional perspectives on SAMHSA initiatives, and is a visible advocate for individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders within the federal government and across the region.
Prior to his current appointment as Regional Administrator, Mr. Romero served as the SAMHSA lead establishing the framework necessary to ensure a coordinated approach involving the Departments of Justice, Interior, and Health and Human Services assist and respond to the behavioral health needs of tribal governments across the country through the provisions of training, guidance and technical assistance to enhance a tribe’s behavioral health prevention and treatment initiatives as required under The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. Prior to that position, Mr. Romero served as Deputy Executive Officer and Deputy Director for the Office of Program Services at SAMHSA. This position oversees the conduct of management and administrative operations across the agency. Preceding that position, Mr. Romero served in several senior leadership capacities in SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, providing national leadership in the prevention sciences, development and dissemination of effective strategies, services and support efforts in reducing substance abuse while promoting the strategic prevention framework across our nation’s behavioral health care system.
Mr. Romero has extensive experience in the fields of administration, and program development. As a seasoned clinician, he has served in numerous clinical capacities in the Northeast region both in the public and private sectors. Mr. Romero has served on many professional committees, advisory boards, and commissions—at regional, state and local levels—that address issues related to the behavioral health field as well as allied social and educational issues. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, honors and recognitions.
Mr. Romero earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Cathedral College. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Manhattan College. He also received post-graduate training at the State University of New York, Albany Campus.