Mirtha R. Beadle, M.P.A

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Director, Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy
Mirtha Beadle is Director of the Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy, which serves as SAMHSA’s primary point of contact for tribal nations, tribal organizations, federal agencies, and other governmental agencies on behavioral health issues facing American Indians and Alaska Natives.

In this capacity, Ms. Beadle is responsible for advancing cross-agency actions that support tribal self-governance; working to ensure agency policies, programs, and activities address behavioral health needs of tribal communities; leading and supporting tribal consultation, outreach, education, coordination, and engagement efforts with an emphasis on Native youth; and, implementing specific provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act. Ms. Beadle also served as Deputy Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and Deputy Administrator for Operations at SAMHSA.

Prior to joining SAMHSA, Ms. Beadle served as Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Health within the Office of the Secretary, HHS. In this capacity she was the principal advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in planning, developing, and implementing policies, programs, and activities to achieve the Secretary’s goals for improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and eliminating health disparities.  She was also responsible for strategic planning, evaluation efforts, Congressional and White House Initiative reports, and overseeing the OMH budget, operations, and programs. Ms. Beadle led the development of the National Partnership for Action (NPA), a community-inspired effort that led to the development of the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity.

Ms. Beadle has extensive federal grants experience, overseeing development, implementation, and management of grant programs and has served in other notable positions during her federal and state public health career, including the areas of bone marrow donation, emergency medical services, and trauma care systems. Her focus on children and racial and ethnic minorities was shaped by her first civil service position as a Child Care Worker for a state psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents.

Ms. Beadle emigrated from Cuba at a young age and holds a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Management Systems from the College of Technology at Andrews University.

Last Updated: 04/06/2017