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The Need for a Strong SAMHSA

March 22, 2009
by ccurie
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As the Obama Administration appoints a new HHS Secretary and other officials within HHS, they are also, apparently, reviewing what the operating divisions should look like within HHS (this is to be expected with a new Administration). Where substance use treatment, prevention and mental health services reside within HHS is a question that has been raised in some forums and by some Administration officials. This is a particularly pertinent process in light of the President’s commitment to streamline the bureaucracy. Is it tempting to move and merge the Centers within SAMHSA elsewhere to achieve this streamlining goal?




You raise great points, Charles. Having a "PAS" working on the field's behalf is something I had not considered before.