Richard Carmi serves as the Acting Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Through this position, he provides national leadership in the development of policies, programs, and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, alcohol misuse and abuse, and underage alcohol and tobacco use; and promotes effective substance abuse prevention practices that enable states, communities, and other organizations to apply prevention knowledge effectively. Mr. Carmi provides leadership in the development and implementation of SAMHSA’s priorities, strategies, and practices for effective prevention programming for states, communities, and individuals.
With over 20 years of government and private sector experience in substance abuse prevention, federal administration, budget and financial management, financial system development, operations, program management, organizational development, human resources, and contract/grants planning and implementation, Mr. Carmi is known as a forward-thinking and detail-oriented problem solver who generates successful outcomes while also improving processes and teamwork.
In his role as Acting Center Director, Mr. Carmi is responsible for interpreting and operationalizing federal policies as they relate to substance abuse prevention and SAMHSA mission and goals. He assures CSAP’s mission and functions are met by formulating and directing short and long-term policies, programs, and goals and managing complex and multifaceted initiatives and strategic objectives.
Mr. Carmi is also Deputy Director for the Center, overseeing day-to-day staff administration and operations, with responsibility for the overall administration, strategic planning, human resources, and management.
Prior to this position, Mr. Carmi was Branch Chief in CSAP’s Division of State Programs where he stood up five new opioid-related grant programs through interpreting guiding principles outlined in the 21st Century Cures Act and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), as intended by Congress and the White House; and directed budget negotiations/meetings, requests for funding announcement (FOA) process, staffing, cross-center collaboration, and evaluation.
Mr. Carmi’s earlier service at SAMHSA includes program analyst for the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies; and budget analyst in the Office of Financial Resources.
Prior to coming to SAMHSA, Mr. Carmi worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of the Inspector General for Audit and Evaluation as senior evaluator, and for the General Services Administration, Federal Technology Service, Office of the Chief Financial Officer as a senior financial management analyst. Before beginning his federal career, Mr. Carmi worked in the private sector as a management consultant for companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Ernst and Young LLC.
Last Updated: 04/24/2020