Happy New Year! 2012 marks an important milestone for the behavioral health field. This year, SAMHSA turns 20!
The past 20 years have been very, very eventful for behavioral healthcare. In fact, these years have been so eventful that 1992 and 2012 bear very little resemblance to each other. In 1992, the year that SAMHSA was created, all of us were struggling to develop community services and community coalitions, to foster consumer/peer support and a recovery movement, and to give meaningful coherence to these efforts. In 2012, the 20th anniversary of SAMHSA’s creation, our community services are characterized by self-determination and shared decision making between person and provider, community coalitions number in the 1000s, consumers/peer supports and the recovery community are empowered, parity and addiction equity is law and part of health reform, and prevention and recovery are essential themes for both mental and substance use disorder services that are increasingly provided in tandem with primary care.
To recognize the progress in prevention, treatment and recovery, SAMHSA wants to highlight the important milestones that have occurred in behavioral health over the past 20 years. SAMHSA is asking for your help! What do you think are some of the most noteworthy accomplishments and changes over the past several years? Your comments and suggestions will be used to help plan a celebration of behavioral health accomplishments over the next year.
Suggestions might include groundbreaking studies, promising practices, important legislation/court decisions, and/or other great strides made by our field.
To provide input, please visit the SAMHSA Stakeholder Feedback Forum. The feedback forum will provide an open and transparent process for SAMHSA to seek input from the public and will allow real-time engagement between users.
The forum is currently open and will close Monday, March 5 at 9:00 a.m. EST.