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SAMHSA News Bulletin

Date: 11/20/2008
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Two New Members Appointed to the SAMHSA National Advisory Council

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the appointment of two new members to its National Advisory Council.  The SAMHSA National Advisory Council is a 12-member panel of experts that meets regularly to advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary and SAMHSA’s administrator on a wide range of public health matters related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

“We are honored that these distinguished leaders have agreed to serve on our Advisory Council,” said Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H., acting administrator of SAMHSA. “The diverse backgrounds and experience of these distinguished leaders will help inform our work at SAMHSA to improve the capacity and effectiveness of the mental health and substance abuse service delivery systems.”

The new SAMHSA National Advisory Council members are:

Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D., distinguished professor and associate dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences and director, Institute on Urban Health Research, Northeastern University, Boston
Dr. Amaro's research focuses on public health epidemiology, prevention and intervention in the areas of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, mental illness and inter-personal violence.  Over the last 26 years, her work has focused on improving the connections between public health research and public health practice.  She has developed and tested prevention and treatment approaches for Hispanic and African-American women, young incarcerated males, and college students.  She has been the principal investigator of over 30 federally funded grants and has served on review and advisory committees to the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine.

Flo A. Stein, M.P.H., chief, Community Policy Management, North Carolina Division of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, Raleigh
Stein manages community-based substance abuse, mental health and developmental disabilities programs in the state of North Carolina.  The Division is implementing mental health and substance abuse system transformation, including the transition to a person-centered system supported by state, federal and Medicaid funding and developing a new waiver for developmental disabilities  Previously, Ms. Stein directed,  the substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery program for the state, including three alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers.  She currently serves as the President of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD).

These new members will join the following existing members of the SAMHSA National Advisory Council:  Mr. Marvin C. Alexander, Mr. George Braunstein, Mr. Terry L. Cross, Ms. Judy Cushing, Dr. Faye Annette Gary, Dr. Keith N. Humphreys, Dr. Thomas A. Kirk, Jr., Mr. Kenneth D. Stark, Ms. Cynthia A. Wainscott, and Dr. Edward K.S. Wang.

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SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.

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