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State and Territory Interagency Teams

Learn how state and territory interagency teams work together to improve behavioral health systems serving service members, veterans, and their families.

States and territories that participate in SAMHSA’s SMVF Policy Academy build teams comprised of both civilian and military leaders who have the ability and authority to influence and implement state-level policy changes. These interagency teams work to develop and implement a strategic plan for enhancing behavioral health systems serving active members of the military, veterans, and their families.

Essential Team Members

Essential members of interagency teams typically include:

  • A team leader, appointed by the Governor, who serves as the point of contact throughout the Policy Academy and plan implementation process
  • Senior level representatives from:
    • State agencies responsible for substance abuse and mental health services, such as a Single State Authority or a veterans affairs agency
    • National Guard (the Adjutant General or his or her representative)
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN)
  • Leadership from state and territory initiatives such as Joining Forces, Joining Community Forces, or Community Blueprint, if such an initiative exists
  • Private sector leadership from programs serving the health and behavioral health needs of service members, veterans, and their families
  • A service member or veteran peer who has experienced behavioral health problems
  • A family member of a service member or veteran who has experienced behavioral health problems

Additional Suggested Team Members

SAMHSA encourages states and territories to consider the needs of its service members, veterans, and their families in selecting other members for its interagency team. Examples include leaders from:

  • The public and private sectors in labor and employment, criminal justice, housing and homelessness, primary care, substance abuse and mental health services (including suicide prevention), and child and family issues
  • Reserve units or active duty (base and post)
  • Veteran services organizations
  • State and/or local legislators
  • Federally recognized tribes
  • Public school systems
  • Justice systems
  • Faith-based communities
  • Colleges and universities
  • Advocacy groups and social/public health organizations or coalitions
Last Updated: 07/31/2019