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August 19, 1992

ADAMHA Undergoes Major Changes

JAMA. 1992;268(7):851. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490070029010

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CONGRESS IS separating research activities from service functions of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA), effective October 1.

Three institutes within ADAMHA that perform or sponsor research—the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Mental Health—are being transferred to the National Institutes of Health.

New Acronym  Service functions are being taken over by a new agency called the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that provides the federal government with yet another acronym (SAMHSA).

Addictive Disorders  It will be responsible for treatment and prevention services dealing with mental health and addictive disorders. The legislation also creates a new Center for Mental Health Services, which joins the revised Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention within the new agency.A Senate report suggests the legislation results from questions about whether it is