In January, APA officials met with Charles G. Curie, the new administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Topics of discussion included the nation's response to trauma and disaster, services to at-risk populations, and psychology training at the graduate and postgraduate level. The two groups also discussed the formation of President Bush's National Commission on Mental Health, which seeks to study and make recommendations for improving mental health care in the United States.
SAMHSA is a $3 billion-a-year agency, made up of the Center for Mental Health Services, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. In recent years, the administration has awarded several major grants and contracts to APA, which have provided funding for the Minority Fellowship Program, HIV/AIDS training for psychologists, a school-violence prevention project and a summit on women and depression, among other initiatives.
Before coming to SAMHSA, Curie served as Pennsylvania's deputy secretary for mental health and substance abuse services. He brings with him 20 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse.