The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a governmental agency established in 1992 to focus on facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance abuse disorders. SAMHSA’s mission is in accordance with the New Freedom Initiative, which promotes a sustainable lifestyle in the community for all United States’ citizens whenever possible.
SAMHSA provides many alcohol and drug-related services, programs and resources including education initiatives, programs to improve and increase substance abuse treatment services and best practice information for addiction professionals.
The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) database contains information about the prevention and treatment of both mental health and substance use disorders. Treatment interventions that have been researched and substantiated by scientific testing are presented here, however the registry is voluntary and not all treatment interventions have been submitted to this database.
Individuals may contact SAMHSA’s national hotline for information about substance abuse treatment options. They can also get information from The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) on a wide range of substance-related issues. Other resources include the Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders webpage, National Mental Health Information Center and the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) website which provides information on child welfare related to substance abuse. The Co-Occurring Homeless Activities Branch (CHAB) website addresses systems of care for those experiencing co-occurring disorders and people who are homeless.