Finding support: SAMHSA can make a difference

June 29, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.


Resources for Health Professionals

SAMHSA selects and describes programs, projects, and websites that help health professionals develop their own social media presence.


Helping You Establish Your Presence

SAMHSA provides a list of resources and information to help public and private health professionals use social media. Learning and peer sharing are fundamental to the success of public engagement. If you would like to contribute a case study of how your organization has used social media, contact us(link sends e-mail) ( sends e-mail)).


Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (BHCC)

The HHS Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (BHCC) is a coordinating body within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which was established in 2010 by the HHS Secretary. The BHCC’s chief goals are to share information and identify and facilitate collaborative, action-oriented approaches to address the HHS behavioral health agenda without duplication of effort across the Department. Co-chaired by the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Council currently has the following subcommittees:

  • Communications

  • Marijuana

  • Prescription Drug Abuse

  • Primary Care/Behavioral Health Integration

  • Serious Mental Illness

  • Trauma and Early Intervention

  • Behavioral Health Quality Measures

The subcommittees develop projects with clear goals, provide guidance to achieve steady progress and measurable outcomes, and develop key policy messages. The projects and activities build upon existing activities in the proposed areas and are consistent with other important HHS and Federal strategies and initiatives, such as Healthy People, the U.S. Preventive Task Force, and the National Drug Control Strategy. Ad hoc subcommittees are formed as common behavioral health issues need to be addressed together across HHS.  For example, a workforce subcommittee was formed to look at professional issues within the field.


Evidence-Based and Best Practices

  • Behavioral Health—Evidence-Based Treatment and Recovery Practices – 2012

  • Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) KIT – 2010

  • Evidence-based Practices (EBP) Resource Center

  • Physician Clinical Support System - Medication Assisted Treatment

  • Provider’s Clinical Support System for the Appropriate Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Pain and Opioid–related Addictio


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