SAMHSA’s Partnerships with State, Territory, County, and Other Governmental Organizations

SAMHSA partners with state substance use and mental health agencies, and other organizations to improve the delivery of behavioral health services.

SAMHSA’s partnerships and initiatives help create communities that promote emotional health and reduce mental health and substance use disorders. SAMHSA maintains active partnerships with many organizations that represent various aspects of behavioral health at the state and local governmental levels. Many of these partnerships are coordinated by SAMHSA’s Regional Administrators.

SAMHSA’s Regional Administrators (RAs)

SAMHSA’s RAs cover 10 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regions in the United States. They are part of SAMHSA’s leadership team and work to advance SAMHSA’s mission, which includes improving the delivery of behavioral health services across the United States. The RAs:

  • Promote SAMHSA initiatives locally
  • Create linkages spanning a variety of HHS programs and activities
  • Engage target populations
  • Report regional and state trends, issues, and policies

Learn more from the various tools SAMHSA’s RAs use to accomplish their work, including in-person meetings and conferences, one-on-one meetings with stakeholders, site visits to SAMHSA grantees and other behavioral health programs, presentations, social media, webinars, webcasts, and periodic reports.

States and Territories

To find the Single State Agency for Substance Use Services or the Mental Health Authority in your state, visit the following state directories:

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

ASTHO represents public health agencies and the public health professionals those agencies employ. ASTHO tracks, evaluates, and advises members on the impact and formation of relevant public health policy and provides guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation’s health.

National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)

NAMD represents Medicaid directors, the officials who administer the Medicaid program throughout the United States. Find a list of state directors.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD)

NASADAD fosters and supports the development of effective alcohol and other drug use prevention and treatment programs throughout every state. A component of NASADAD is the National Prevention Network, an organization of state alcohol and other drug abuse prevention representatives. These representatives work with their state agency directors for alcohol and other drug use to ensure the provision of prevention services.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

NAIC members are the elected or appointed state government officials who regulate the conduct of insurance companies and agents in their respective state or territory. Through NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate their regulatory oversight.

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

NASBE represents state and territorial boards of education. It works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, and assure continued citizen support for public education.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

NASMHPD represents state executives responsible for the public mental health service delivery system. The NASMHPD Prevention Center provides a resource for prevention-based practices. Also, NASMHPD maintains Task Forces on housing and returning veterans.

National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

The mission of NCSC is to improve the administration of justice to state courts and courts around the world. It serves as a national think tank to anticipate new developments, identify best practices, promote experimentation, establish performance standards and measures, evaluate program performance, and foster adaptation to change.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

NCSL supports, defends, and strengthens state legislatures by providing tools, information, and resources to craft solutions to difficult problems. NCSL’s Standing Committee Task Force on Health and Human Services works on a range of programs that provide critical health and social services to individuals and families.

National Governors Association (NGA)

NGA represents the nation’s governors and states on key federal issues to develop and implement innovative solutions to public policy challenges. NGA’s behavioral health efforts include a Prescription Drug Project and improving outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council (PBHCC)

PBHCC represents the six U.S. territories and associated Pacific Island Jurisdictions, including American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. PBHCC promotes sustainable, culturally appropriate services and advocates for behavioral health policies and systems improvement. It prioritizes workforce development and capacity building as strategic priorities.

Counties, Cities, and Local Communities

National Association of Counties (NACo)

NACo represents the more than 3,000 county governments in the United States. It promotes public policies, county solutions, and intergovernmental and public-private collaboration.

National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD)

NACBHDD represents county and local behavioral health and developmental disability authorities. The organization promotes national policies that recognize and support the critical role counties play in caring for people affected by mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

NACCHO represents the 2,700 local health departments across the United States. It focuses on a range of public health issues, including:

  • Community health (chronic disease prevention, tobacco control, health and disability, infectious disease prevention and control, immunization, injury prevention, maternal and child health, adolescent health, and health equity)
  • Environmental health (public health effects of climate change, food safety, environmental health tracking and assessment, and environmental justice)
  • Public health infrastructure and systems (accreditation and quality improvement, community health status indicators, public health informatics, performance standards, public health law, and regionalization of public health services)
  • Public health preparedness (local readiness for pandemic influenza, Medical Reserve Corps, Project Public Health Ready, and the Strategic National Stockpile)

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM)

The USCM is the official organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Each city in the conference is represented by its mayor. The USCM’s Children, Health, and Human Services Standing Committee focuses on HIV/AIDS Prevention and implementing a Prescription Drug Awareness Campaign. Also, the group’s online publications include reports on homelessness.

Last Updated: 12/20/2016