The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The division is charged with improving the quality and availability of
treatment and rehabilitative services across America in order to reduce
illness, death, disability and societal costs resulting from both substance
abuse and mental illnesses.
SAMHSA operates four autonomous Offices, or Centers, including the
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and the Center for
Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). While ALEF relies on the research
and recommendations of CSAP, especially with regards to evidence-based
addiction treatment programs, we primarily work with CSAT.
CSAT, in short, supports effective substance abuse treatment and recovery
services. The Center was originally established to expand the availability of
effective treatment and recovery services for individuals who are suffering
with alcohol and drugs. Its mission now however also includes meeting the
needs of families that have been affected by alcohol and drug abuse. It is
this cross-the-board approach that best helps the Center reduce the health
and social costs of substance abuse at local, state and national levels.