Advocacy Alert: SAMHSA Announces New Strategic Plan

August 31, 2023


On August 16, 2023, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the release of their 2023-2026 Strategic Plan. This plan emphasizes a more person-centered approach and introduces a new mission and vision, key priorities and guiding principles.

To achieve its mission, SAMHSA has identified five priority areas to better meet the behavioral health needs of individuals, communities, and service providers:

  • Preventing Substance Use and Overdose
  • Enhancing Access to Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Services
  • Promoting Resilience and Emotional Health for Children, Youth and Families
  • Integrating Behavioral and Physical Health Care
  • Strengthening the Behavioral Health Workforce

The Strategic Plan includes strategic goals and affiliated objectives associated with each key priority. It also integrates their four guiding principles (equity, trauma-informed approaches, recovery, and a commitment to data and evidence) across all policies and programs.

Read more and download the plan here.

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