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The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration


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REVISED! Web Site "Exit Disclaimer" Web Standard

This standard applies to all non-governmental Web sites, including .net, .edu, .org, and .com sites, as well as to state, local and other non-federal .gov Web sites This applies also to all SAMHSA-funded web sites.


SAMHSA Web sites, public and internal, must indicate to users when a link will take them to a Web site that is not sponsored, hosted or managed by one or more federal government entities by using the standard external link icon (see Requirements below). In addition, SAMHSA must disclaim these links with the standard disclaimer.

Exit Disclaimer Icon

SAMHSA must not use a disclaimer when linking to any federal government site. Please see for more information..


The Exit Disclaimer language for all SAMHSA sites is :

  • This graphic notice, Exit Disclaimer, means that you are leaving [site] and entering a non-federal Web site.
  • This external link provides additional information that is consistent with the intended purpose of [site].
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by this link.
  • Linking to a non-federal site does not constitute an endorsement by HHS or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the site.
  • You will be subject to the destination site’s privacy policy when you leave this site.

Example of Exit Disclaimer

Last Update: 10/29/2008