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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Strategic Plan FY2019 – FY2023

SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

SAMHSA’s five year strategic plan is important because it helps determine which programs will be most vigorously supported and where federal spending on mental illness will be allocated.  What this plan includes and what it omits will have a lasting effect on the quality of mental health care for all of us over the next five years. See the link below for the complete document.

The sections covering Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance can be found on pages 10-15 and 30-31 of the plan.  Also of interest are the prefatory materials found on pages 1-2 of the report. This section includes an introduction to the report, SAMHSA’s vision and mission statements, and an enumeration of SAMHSA’s five core guiding principles. It is from this matter which the following material has been selected

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is theA agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.

The SAMHSA Strategic Plan, FY 2019 – FY 2023, outlines five priority areas with goals and measurable objectives that provide a roadmap to carry out the vision and mission of SAMHSA over the next four years. The five priority areas are:

  1. Combating the Opioid Crisis through the Expansion of Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Support Services
  2. Addressing Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbances
  3. Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Support Services for Substance Use
  4. Improving Data Collection, Analysis, Dissemination, and Program and Policy Evaluation
  5. Strengthening Health Practitioner Training and Education

Given the broad range of issues and populations that SAMHSA addresses, this Strategic Plan is not intended to be an inventory of all objectives or activities SAMHSA will pursue. Rather, the Strategic Plan presents priority goals and objectives reflecting important changes and outcomes that SAMHSA aims to achieve over the next
four years.

Added by John Hallowitz

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