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SAMHSA News - July/August 2008, Volume 16, Number 4

HHS Secretary Taps SAMHSA Administrator for New Post

Dr. Cline Named Next Health Attaché to Iraq

SAMHSA Administrator Terry L. Cline, Ph.D., will become the Department’s new Health Attaché and representative at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, effective August 31, according to a recent announcement by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Mike O. Leavitt.

Dr. Cline will leave his post as SAMHSA Administrator, and RADM Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H., SAMHSA’s Deputy Administrator, will become the Agency’s Acting Administrator. In addition, Kana Enomoto will become SAMHSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator.

“Terry’s experiences as a caregiver, manager of state-level health systems, and builder of strong collaborative relationships make him an excellent choice to help the Federal Government advise Iraq as it rebuilds its health care system,” Secretary Leavitt said. “I appreciate Terry’s commitment to improving health care globally, and welcome him to this important new role.”

As Health Attaché, Dr. Cline will help coordinate HHS programs in Iraq and provide advice to the U.S. ambassador, the HHS Secretary, and others. He will also be a liaison to Iraq’s Ministries of Health, Higher Education, and Social Affairs. He will work closely with international organizations, private partners, and other Federal agencies engaged in health-related activities.

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An Effective Leader

Since December 2006, Dr. Cline has led SAMHSA, the Agency responsible for improving the accountability, capacity, and effectiveness of the Nation’s delivery systems to prevent substance abuse, treat addiction, and provide mental health services. SAMHSA is funded at approximately $3.3 billion per year.

A few of SAMHSA’s accomplishments during this time period included:

  • Emphasizing the public health approach to preventive substance abuse and mental health services

  • Reinforcing to Congress the importance of mental health parity as described in the President’s New Freedom Initiative

  • Building public awareness on underage drinking and other health concerns of the Surgeon General

  • Increasing availability of grants to American Indians and Alaska Natives and other special populations

  • Encouraging communities around the country to improve substance abuse and mental health services for returning veterans and other at-risk populations

  • Supporting the President’s Access to Recovery program

  • Expanding SAMHSA’s program on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Cline served as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Health and Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He was also a provider at a community mental health center, and he served as an instructor in clinical psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Cline received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. End of Article

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Homelessness Services: Web 2.0 Connects Providers Online
Part 1
Part 2
What Is Web 2.0?
Homelessness Initiatives

Returning Veterans National Guard Focuses on Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Vets Suicide Hotline Helps 55,000+ in First Year

HHS Secretary Taps Administrator for New Post

Administrator’s Message: To a Healthy Future

Recovery Month: Communities Gear Up for September

Update: Directory of Treatment Programs

Treatment Discharges: Latest Report

Sustaining Grassroots Community Programs

Teens and Substance Use
Parent Awareness of Youth Substance Abuse Varies
Underage Drinking: What Parents Need To Know
Tobacco Sales to Minors at All-Time Low

Smoke-Free Conference Policy


SAMHSA News - July/August 2008, Volume 16, Number 4


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