SAMHSA recently hired Anita Everett, M.D., to serve as the new chief medical officer. Dr. Everett will lead a staff of five in SAMHSA’s new Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) where they will focus on expanding effective, innovative, and science-supported approaches to behavioral health.

Dr. Everett is currently the division director of Johns Hopkins Community and General Psychiatry, Bayview Campus, in Baltimore, and associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Earlier this year she was selected as president-elect for the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She also was past president for both the Maryland Psychiatric Society and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.

Dr. Everett previously worked with SAMHSA as senior medical advisor where she worked on projects centered on the promotion of access to quality services and appropriate medications. She will begin her new role at SAMHSA on September 5.

The OCMO is expected to organize and facilitate public meetings and conferences around important public health issues and SAMHSA’s related work. Dr. Everett and her staff will also evaluate quality and medical systems issues, including the integration of behavioral health in primary care. The OCMO will work with SAMHSA Regional Administrators to address clinical issues with state, local, and tribal organizations.