SAMHSA releases 2015–2018 Strategic Plan

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SAMHSA has released its new strategic plan, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015–2018. The strategic plan outlines how SAMHSA will continue to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, expand prevention efforts, promote emotional health and wellness, increase access to effective treatment, and support recovery.

SAMHSA's Leading Change 2.0 outlines six Strategic Initiatives for meeting SAMHSA's mission, new and existing goals, and vision. These Strategic Initiatives include:

Leading Change 2.0 will also guide SAMHSA in:

This strategic plan was developed by SAMHSA's Executive Leadership Team and staff, in partnership with a diverse group of stakeholders, and with input from the public. The process was shaped from lessons learned from the original strategic plan, Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA's Roles and Actions 2011–2014, and the evolving needs of the behavioral health field.


  1. Lisa Lambert's avatar
    Lisa Lambert
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    I am still perplexed why children's mental health is not its own bullet or strategic initiative. I know it is said to be incorporated into the ones that are there, but I am unconvinced.
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