Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation

The Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation provides an integrated and structured approach for the identification and adoption of policies and innovative practices that improve behavioral health services outcomes.

The Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation:

  • Represents SAMHSA at meetings and raises SAMHSA's profile in health research
  • Facilitates the adoption of data-driven policies and practices by collaborating with other departments and agencies in behavioral health, including NIH, CDC, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Encourages partners and allies to adopt policy initiatives that support and improve behavioral health
  • Responds to Freedom of Information Act requests

Contact Information

Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857


Office of the Director

Office of Behavioral Health Equity

Office of the Chief Medical Officer

Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy

Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse

  • Vacant, Director

Division of Policy Coordination

  • Vacant., Director

Executive Correspondence Branch

  • Kara Lampasone, Chief

Division of Policy Innovation

  • Brian Altman, Director

Policy Analysis Branch

  • Vacant, Chief

Division of Regional and National Policy Liaison

  • Anne Herron, M.S., Ph.D., Director

National Policy Liaison Branch

  • Vacant, Chief


Last Updated: 09/15/2017