Pam Hyde to Step Down as Administrator of SAMHSA
On Tuesday, Pam Hyde announced she would be stepping down as the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) after nearly six years in the post. Principal Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto will step in to serve as Acting Administrator when Hyde leaves later this month.
Administrator Hyde joined SAMHSA in November 2009 and has led the organization through a tremendous period during her tenure. She spearheaded the Department’s work surrounding President Obama’s Now is the Time initiative, which aims to increase individuals’ access to mental health services across the country. Hyde also was integral to the Administration’s work in response to the growing crisis of opioid and prescription drug use and abuse, working to expand access to life-saving overdose reversal medication, as well as medication assisted treatment for those with opioid addiction.
“Pam’s commitment to her work at SAMHSA is remarkable,” said Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell. “She has spent her career as a mental health policy expert and advocate and delivered impact for the American people. I am thankful to have served alongside her at the Department.”
The National Council thanks Administrator Hyde for her lifelong commitment to serving those with mental health and substance use disorders. We look forward to working with Acting Administrator Enomoto to continue efforts to advance the mental health and substance use policy agenda.