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4 Federal Agency Perspectives
Pages 37-42

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From page 37...
... Behsudi commented that ACF participates in the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council, recently established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, which is a broad, internal-facing effort to improve behavioral health for all Americans.1 Five committees operate within the Council, with one specifically focused on children and youth. Through this child 1 For more on the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council, see news/2021/05/18/hhs-announces-3-billion-in-american-rescue-plan-funding-for-samhsa-blockgrants.html 37
From page 38...
... As part of this, NIDA is considering how to cultivate more scientists from diverse backgrounds, looking at their own workplace to enhance racial equity, and thinking about research gaps and how to fund research that addresses social determinants directly. SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION Christopher O'Connell, deputy director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA, explained that his office supports NIH research and funds grants for states and local entities.
From page 39...
... The pandemic taught investigators to think about novel methods of delivering interventions, she noted. Behsudi added that the surgeon general recently released an advisory on protecting youth mental health, which can be used to generate discussions about prevention and early engagement (Office of the Surgeon General, 2021)
From page 40...
... O'Connell added that SAMHSA alone cannot meet all the prevention needs of the country, so the agency is working to identify creative opportunities for collaboration and integration at the federal level. He said SAMHSA links collaboration at the federal level with work at the community level to ensure a ripple effect that amplifies positive outcomes.
From page 41...
... O'Connell suggested trying to better understand the pieces within grants that might be interpreted by some states as overly restrictive, and working to help them find solutions. He also noted that SAMHSA is building the Office of Recovery, for which part of the intention will be to have staff assigned to different centers to see how prevention is being integrated into recovery and vice versa.

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