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.
In order to achieve its mission, SAMHSA has identified strategic initiatives to focus on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities. Through strategic initiatives, SAMHSA will:
- Help people with mental and substance use disorders
- Support the families of people with mental and substance use disorders
- Build strong and supportive communities
- Prevent costly behavioral health problems
- Promote better health for all Americans