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Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA's Roles and Actions 2011-2014


SAMHSA published its strategic initiatives paper—an overview of SAMHSA's goals, priorities, and action steps for accomplishing its mission of reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Carefully developed from months of public discussion and input from a wide variety of SAMHSA's stakeholders, the strategic initiatives paper lays out how SAMHSA will focus its resources in meeting the new opportunities and challenges it faces in the near future. The eight strategic initiatives set forth in the paper address how SAMHSA will maximize its resources in an environment that promises improvements in the Nation's behavioral health care system over the next few years as a result of a variety of forces—most notably the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. "The strategic initiatives paper provides a clear roadmap for SAMHSA's immediate and longer-term priorities for reaching our essential public health mission," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "These initiatives are data driven, overarching in purpose, and will help SAMHSA work in an unprecedented way across health, justice, social service, education, and other systems to improve health care services to all Americans."

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