Advocacy Alert: Michelle Greenhalgh is SAMHSA’s New Legislative Affairs Director

September 22, 2022


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing Michelle Greenhalgh as the new Legislative Affairs Director. Ms. Greenhalgh will advise on legislative matters, lead in the development of legislation, and serve as the primary contact within SAMHSA on all legislative activities.

Prior to joining SAMHSA, Ms. Greenhalgh most recently served as the Deputy Director of Federal Relations at the American Psychiatric Association (APA). As one of APA’s senior lobbyists, she has specifically focused on legislation that increases access to mental health and substance use disorder services. She has significant experience advocating for and securing increased funding for state and federal MH/SUD programs benefiting individuals with behavioral health conditions.

Before working at the APA, Ms. Greenhalgh served as a health staffer for Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). She received her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.

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