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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SAMHSA New Strategic Initiatives


Addiction treatment and behavioural health sciences are constantly evolving, becoming more effective in treating those who are afflicted by mental health problems and/or substance abuse. Just in the last ten years addiction treatment has changed dramatically and not only in how people are treated, the availability of drug and alcohol treatment has exponentially increased people's ability to be treated. More and more people are being shown that there is another way to live, a life where one's demons can be kept at bay. However, behavioural health is not perfect and there are many aspects of treatment that could be implemented more effectively thus creating better results. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published its strategic initiatives paper - highlighting SAMHSA's goals, priorities and action steps for accomplishing what it set out to do, decreasing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in America.

Eight strategic initiatives have been laid out in the paper which will explain how SAMHSA will utilize the resources available to improve the nation's behavioral health care system in the years to come with the help of - the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The strategic initiatives include:

1. Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
2. Trauma and Justice
3. Military Families
4. Recovery Support
5. Health Reform
6. Health Information Technology
7. Data, Outcomes, and Quality
8. Public Awareness and Support

"The strategic initiatives paper provides a clear roadmap for SAMHSA's immediate and longer term priorities for reaching our essential public health mission," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., "These initiatives are data driven, overarching in purpose and will help SAMHSA work in an unprecedented way across health, justice, social service, education and other systems to improve health care services to all Americans."

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