Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a federal agency within the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental health or substance use disorders.

The Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA's Roles and Actions 2011-2014 (PDF) report introduces eight new strategic initiatives that will guide SAMHSA's work from 2011 through 2014 to help people with mental and substance use disorders and their families to build strong communities, prevent behavioral health problems, and promote better health for all Americans.

Center for Mental Health Services

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) within SAMHSA provides national leadership to:

  • Ensure the application of scientifically established findings and practice-based knowledge in the prevention and treatment of mental disorders;
  • Improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high-quality effective programs and services for people with, or at risk for, these disorders, as well as for their families and communities; and
  • Promote an improved state of mental health across the country, as well as the rehabilitation of people with mental disorders.

Child, Adolescent and Family Branch

The Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (The Branch), within the CMHS, promotes the mental health needs of children and their families and ensures that these needs are addressed by a "community-based system of care" through the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services Program for Children and Their Families (CMHI). This program provides cooperative agreements to States, communities, territories, Native American Tribes, and tribal organizations to improve and expand system of care programs in their communities. The Branch funds the TA Partnership under contract number 280-03-4200.

The system of care logic model (PDF) describes the goals of the CMHI program.