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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an American agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services whose purpose is to advance U.S. citizens’ public mental health related to substance abuse. SAMHSA was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental health disorders at the community level. Currently, the SAMHSA headquarters are in Rockville, Maryland.

Substance abuse refers to misusing a range of different substances such as alcohol, caffeine, and drugs. The severe forms of substance abuse have a detrimental impact on individuals’ well-being, including their mental health. Public health and clinical efforts are used to identify populations that can benefit from interventions aiming to reduce the impact of substance abuse, enhance ...

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