Save the Date! National Wellness Week September 16 - 22, 2018

SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness

The Program to Achieve Wellness (PAW) facilitates and promotes the implementation of wellness best practices for people with mental or substance use disorders.

Putting wellness into practice and highlighting the science behind effective wellness techniques, the Program to Achieve Wellness strives to promote recovery and holistic well-being for people across the country.

By collaborating with people with lived experience in recovery from mental or substance use disorders, those with behavioral health conditions who have experienced homelessness, as well as national organizations, communities, states, and tribes, the PAW team, including staff, consultants, and subcontractors, disseminates effective tools and resources for achieving and sustaining various dimensions of wellness.

The PAW is guided by a dynamic Steering Committee with demonstrated expertise in, and passion for, supporting the wellness of individuals and families recovering from mental or substance use disorders.

SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative raises awareness of health disparities among people with behavioral health conditions and the general population. Adding to this work, the PAW:

  • develops wellness products and tools, like a mobile messaging application or web-based training packages, to operationalize wellness
  • provides technical assistance via telephone, email, or web-based technology to disseminate tools and practices for achieving wellness goals
  • engages individuals with lived experience, national organizations, communities, states, and tribes in order to accomplish program objectives

Recognition of Excellence in Wellness

Through SAMHSA’s Program to Achieve Wellness, organizations and communities will be acknowledged for their exemplary wellness efforts with the Recognition of Excellence in Wellness (the Recognition).

The application period for the 2017 Recognition closed on July 28, 2017. The 2017 winners were selected by a committee of national experts for their meaningful work to improve the cardiovascular health of those living with mental and/or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is pleased to congratulate:

  • Institute for Community Living, New York
  • Mental Health Resources, Minnesota
  • Sheppard Pratt Health System, Maryland

These programs were judged to be exemplary in impact, replicability, and innovation.

In addition to the three winners of the 2017 Recognition, one program received honorable mention for its innovative efforts supporting SAMHSA’s Million Hearts® Initiative:

  • Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc., New York

The Program to Achieve Wellness will showcase the 2017 Recognition awardees in an upcoming webinar. This webinar will take place during National Wellness Week. Join the PAW eNewsletter to receive relevant updates and information about the scheduling of this live event. Additional details regarding these programs will be available on this page after the official acknowledgement webinar.

Request Assistance and Support

The Program to Achieve Wellness can provide assistance through the dissemination of evidence-based and practice-tested policies and programs in order to help the design and implementation of wellness efforts.

National Wellness Week

National Wellness Week is held during the third week of September, and shares the message that practicing wellness provides an essential foundation for good health. For more information,

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Last Updated: 09/05/2017