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The mission of the Office of Intergovernmental and Public Affairs (OIPA) is to provide leadership through the development, coordination, implementation, and articulation of national behavioral health policy. The vision is to improve the Nation's health and well-being through effective behavioral health policy.

OIPA provides policy support to senior leadership both within and external to SAMHSA, collaborating with SAMHSA's centers and offices and working with external partners and stakeholders. Specific functions include:

  • Working with tribal nations and tribal groups to address behavioral health issues that impact Native people
  • Acting as agency subject matter experts for specific policy areas, such as Emergency Coordination, Tobacco Control and Global Health/ International Officer
  • Management of the Emergency COVID-19 grants
  • Management of SAMHSA's Regional Offices, which provide a regional presence for SAMHSA

Contact Information

Office of Intergovernmental and Public Affairs
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857


Office of Intergovernmental and Public Affairs, Office of the Director

Anne M. Herron, Director

Subject Matter Expert Team (SMET)

Women's Advisory Council

Tobacco Cessation

Emergency Coordination

International Officer

Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy (OTAP)

CAPT Karen Hearod, Director

Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Office of Communications

Communications Products and Services Branch

Digital Media Services Branch

Regional Offices

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