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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857


ADMINISTRATORMiriam E. Delphin-Rittmon
Deputy Assistant SecretaryTom Coderre, Acting

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration alleviates the pain and mitigates the harm that substance abuse and mental illness visit upon communities nationwide.


In 1992, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was established as an agency of the Public Health Service (106 Stat. 325) by Public Law 102–321, which also is cited as the "ADAMHA Reorganization Act."

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) posts its organizational chart in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.


The SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the Nation's behavioral health. It funds State and local service agencies through grants and formulas; collects data and makes available surveillance reports on the effect of behavioral health on Americans; leads efforts to offer public education on mental illness and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery; regulates and oversees national behavioral health programs; and promotes practice improvement in community-based, primary, and specialty care settings.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) was renamed the SAMHSA in 1992. The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that ADAMHA records have been assigned to record group 511.


The SAMHSA posts a blog.

Career Opportunities

SAMHSA seeks qualified applicants to advance the Nation's behavioral health, to improve the lives of individuals suffering from mental disorders and substance abuse, and to assist members of their families. Visit the "Working at SAMHSA" learn more about starting career at SAMHSA.

In 2020, the SAMHSA ranked 410th among 411 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Ranking.

Contact Information

Links, phone numbers, and postal and email addresses are available on the "Contact Us" web page.


The Administration maintains five collections of data: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality reports, client level data, mental health facilities data, population data, and substance abuse facilities data.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the SAMHSA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Find Treatment

The "Find Treatment" web page has locator tools for behavioral health, early serious mental illness, opioid, and substance use treatment services. It also has a directory for opioid treatment programs. For people who need to talk, crisis line, helpline, and lifeline phone numbers are available on the same web page.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA requires the SAMHSA to disclose records that any person requests in writing; however, some records (or parts of them) may be shielded by one or more of the nine disclosure exemptions that the law contains.


Press announcements, quarterly newsletters, and media highlights of initiatives and other activities are available in the newsroom. | Email:

Offices / Centers

SAMHSA offices and centers provide leadership and assistance for quality behavioral health services. They support States, territories, tribes, communities, and local organizations through grants and contract awards.

Programs / Campaigns

SAMHSA’s programs and campaigns inform, train, and provide technical assistance to improve the quality and delivery of behavioral health services nationwide.

Publications / Digital Products

Hundreds of publications are available on the SAMHSA website.

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The SAMHSA uses various forms of social media to connect with the online community and engage people.

Suicide Prevention

The Administration funds the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Phone, 800-273-8255.

Help is available in Spanish, too.