Office of Behavioral Health Equity

The Office of Behavioral Health Equity coordinates agency efforts to reduce behavioral health disparities for diverse populations.

The Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE), established in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, coordinates agency efforts to ensure that all populations have equitable access to high quality behavioral health care.

Among its many services, OBHE:

  • Reduces the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on populations that experience behavioral health disparities
  • Creates a more strategic focus in SAMHSA investments on specific populations, including:
    • Racial populations
    • Ethnic populations
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations
  • Increases awareness and access to information regarding behavioral health disparities and strategies to promote health equity
  • Supports innovative and cost effective training strategies that contribute to a quality, diverse workforce, both within and external to SAMHSA
  • Uses a data-informed, quality improvement approach to address racial and ethnic disparities in SAMHSA programs
  • Builds on the Affordable Care Act to influence how SAMHSA works in grant-making operations and policy development
  • Serves as a trusted broker of behavioral health disparity and equity information

Learn more about SAMHSA's behavioral health equity and OBHE programs.


Contact Information

Office of Behavioral Health Equity
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Last Updated: 09/15/2017