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SAMHSA celebrates 20 years

April 24, 2012
by Nick Zubko, Associate Editor
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It seems like yesterday that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) started its work to help address the nation’s behavioral health needs. But this year SAMHSA turns 20, and the organization is planning a "celebration of behavioral health accomplishments" over the next year.

As part of the process SAMHSA ran an online forum from January to March, designed to recognize the progress made in prevention, treatment and recovery.

Highlighting important "milestones" in behavioral health over the last 20 years, participants were invited to suggest what they considered the “most noteworthy accomplishments," offer feedback on the suggestions and then vote on them.

Over 100 ideas were submitted, but here are the top 10 according to the votes:

  1. Peer programs that promote complete mental health recovery
  2. The focus on the recovery model and consumer driven care.
  3. The realization that forced drugging is a human rights abuse
  4. Implementation of assisted outpatient treatment
  5. Recovery learning communities
  6. Crisis intervention teams for law enforcement
  7. Trauma informed care
  8. Court ordered outpatient treatment
  9. Peer support
  10. Supported housing for the seriously mentally ill

What would you add to the list?


Nick Zubko

Associate Editor

Nick Zubko


Nick Zubko is associate editor of Behavioral Healthcare.

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