The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the US Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses. SAMHSA is a branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
As of January 2007, SAMHSA's Administrator is Terry Cline, Ph.D., who reports to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt. Cline replaced Charles Curie, who resigned in May 2006. The building is located in Rockville, Maryland.
SAMHSA consists of three centers and five offices. They are:
Their budget for the Fiscal Year 2008 is about $3.2 billion. It has been re-authorized for the upcoming year by the current presidential administration.
In 2002, President George W. Bush established the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The resulting report would provide the foundation for Mental Health Services for the Federal Government. There remain many critics on this report "Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America" (read: Opposition of New Freedom Commission on Mental Health)