SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services meets in Rockville, MD to review 2010 strategic initiatives

May 26-27, 2010 – The Advisory Committee for Women’s Services advises, consults with, and makes recommendations on activities and policies related to women’s substance abuse and mental health services. Members include: Kana Enomoto (Chair); Nevine Gahed (Designated Federal Official); Susan C. Ayers, LCSW; Barbara S. N. Benavente, MPA; Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW; Amanda Manbeck, Roger D. Fallot, PhD; Renata J. Henry, Med; Gail P. Hutchings, MPA; Britt Rios-Ellis, PhD; and Starleen Scott Robins, MSW, LCSW.

Pamela Hyde, JD, Administrator, SAMHSA, presented an overview of the 10 SAMHSA Initiatives: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness; Trauma and Justice; Military Families – Active, Guard, Reserve and Veterans; Health Reform; Housing and Homelessness; Jobs and Economy; Health Information Technology for Behavioral Health Providers; Behavioral Health Workforce – In Primary and Specialty Care Settings; Data, Quality, and Outcomes; Public Awareness and Support.

Members reviewed the current priorities and focused on three action agendas for women and girls beyond 2010: trauma and violence against women and girls, and committing HHS to an ethic of zero tolerance; culturally competent quality service for women and girls; and using data to determine outcomes for women and girls.

Members also brought attention to the need for the infusion of trauma, as well as, cultural and linguistic diversity across all of the SAMHSA initiatives.

For additional information, please visit the SAMHSA website.

See also…
SAMHSA’s 4th National Conference on Women, Addiction, and Recovery Thriving in Changing Times. Chicago, IL, July 26-28, 2010.