U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Announces New Chief Medical Officer

August 12, 2016

News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark Announcement

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Principal Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto has announced the hiring of SAMHSA’s new Chief Medical Officer, Anita Everett. Dr. Everett will lead the newly created Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO). This office will have five dedicated staff, including an additional medical doctor, and will greatly expand SAMHSA’s ability to provide effective, state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches to promote the nation’s behavioral health services. Working with SAMHSA leadership and staff, the OCMO will provide valuable input into strategic initiatives, policy directions, and legislative issues to ensure that medically researched and clinically approved practices are incorporated in the development and implementation of SAMHSA programs and activities. Dr. Everett is expected to begin her new duties on September 5, 2016.