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:
- Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
- Health Care and Health Systems Integration
- Trauma and Justice
- Recovery Support
- Health Information Technology
- Workforce Development.
Leading Change 2.0 will also guide SAMHSA in:
- Setting budget and policy priorities
- Managing key investments such as grants, contracts, technical assistance, and expertise
- Engaging public and private partners at every level
- Tracking and disseminating progress.
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.