Archived 02/02/2017

(excerpts reprinted from the SAMHSA Blog)

After almost six fulfilling years of working for the Obama Administration and with all of you, I am resigning from the position of SAMHSA Administrator, effective August 22, 2015.  As I contemplate leaving, I want to tell all of you how much SAMHSA’s work means to me and to the nation.

SAMHSA is an amazing federal agency. It is a leader in behavioral health grant-making, policy, and data. It works to inform the public, improve practice, and regulate critical functions affecting tens of millions of Americans. It has less funds and even less staff than many of its counterparts with whom it collaborates, and yet is very effective and efficient in what it does.

I am proud of SAMHSA and its employees. I am proud of what SAMHSA has accomplished for the people of the United States over its 25-year history and especially over the last few years. In the face of overwhelming need and limited budgets, SAMHSA and its staff have used its expertise and passion to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Through the work of SAMHSA staff, grantees, and technical assistance centers, limited amounts of strategically-placed federal funds have a significant and lasting impact on the delivery of prevention, treatment and recovery supports for persons with behavioral health needs. SAMHSA leads the way in the development of systems of care for children with serious mental disorders, trauma-informed care, medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, services for problem-solving courts, offender re-entry programs, suicide prevention, homelessness prevention, integration of health and behavioral healthcare services, and treatment capacity expansion through workforce development, parity implementation, and financing and health information technology policy work. All of these efforts help individuals, families, and communities build resilience, find and receive treatment, and secure a fulfilling future.

Soon, I will no longer lead the small but mighty SAMHSA.  Personal issues call me home to New Mexico where I will support from a different vantage point the work of this Administration to continue and expand the gains begun by and with SAMHSA to assure all America’s communities are healthy and everyone in America has their behavioral health needs met – because SAMHSA and all who work with us know that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.

I will be forever grateful to Secretaries Sebelius and Burwell with whom I have had the pleasure to serve, and to President Obama for his leadership and for giving me this incredible opportunity of a lifetime.

I wish all of you the best and much continued success.

Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.