Behavioral Health Equity
Advancing health equity involves ensuring that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This also applies to behavioral health. In conjunction with quality services, this involves addressing social determinants, such as employment and housing stability, insurance status, proximity to services, culturally responsive care – all of which have an impact on behavioral health outcomes.
The Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) coordinates SAMHSA’s efforts to reduce disparities in mental and/or substance use disorders across populations. Its work is organized around key strategies, including data, policy, and quality practice and workforce development.
OBHE utilizes federal and community data to identify, monitor, and respond to behavioral health disparities.
OBHE promotes policy initiatives that strengthen the impact of SAMHSA programs in advancing behavioral health equity.