SAMHSA Health Reform Efforts

SAMHSA promotes behavioral health for people with mental health challenges and substance use disorders, their families, and the providers who serve them.

Implementing Behavioral Health Services

SAMHSA Offers Expert Advice

SAMHSA serves as a key subject-matter expert to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on policy issues related to the financing and delivery of behavioral health services.

SAMHSA Provides Technical Assistance

SAMHSA is a key source of technical assistance and information for the behavioral health field.

SAMHSA Enhances its Effectiveness

By reviewing and adapting the activities of all programs offered by its centers and offices, SAMHSA ensures that its efforts respond to changes in the broader health care financing system under the Affordable Care Act.

SAMHSA Promotes Behavioral Health Care

The Affordable Care Act makes it easier for people with mental health challenges and substance use disorders to integrate behavioral health into “whole person” health care approaches. To provide better support for patients, their families, and the practitioners and providers who serve them, SAMHSA seeks to:

  • Open high-quality behavioral health care to all Americans
  • Integrate mental health and substance use care into the broader health system
  • Assure that mental, addictive, and physical conditions are treated similarly
  • Offer people with mental disabilities treatment in a community-based setting
  • Provide people with early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Increase use of health information technology for integrated care

Related Resources

Behavioral Health Financing System Planning

SAMHSA develops a range of research, consensus, and technical assistance products drawing on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative data sources to assist financing policy makers in planning for the financing and delivery of cost-effective behavioral health services.

SAMHSA Financing Focus Newsletter

Financing Focus is a monthly newsletter that provides the best up-to-date news on the Affordable Care Act’s implementation related to behavioral health across the Nation.

Block Grants

Eligible states and territories receive block grants to address their unique local behavioral health issues. Block grants support a variety of substance abuse prevention and treatment services and mental health services for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance. Block grants also expand the capacity of state and territory prevention, treatment, and recovery services by funding planning, administrative and educational activities.

Last Updated: 09/13/2013