APA President-Elect Anita Everett Named SAMHSA Chief Medical Officer

ARLINGTON, Va. – President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Anita Everett, M.D., has been named the Chief Medical Officer at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In her role at SAMHSA, Everett will lead a newly created Office of the Chief Medical Officer with five dedicated staff, including an additional physician. She begins her duties at SAMHSA on Sept. 5.

“SAMHSA has selected a great physician whose experience and expertise as a psychiatrist will add value to SAMHSA through its newly created medical office,” said APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D. “Her experience will also benefit providers of prevention, treatment and recovery services for those with mental illness. We look forward to working with Dr. Everett in her new role and with SAMHSA and HHS.”

Everett and her office at SAMHSA will provide input into strategic initiatives, policy directions, and legislative issues to ensure effective, evidence-based approaches to behavioral health services are incorporated in SAMSHA programs and activities. Everett’s extensive behavioral health expertise and clinical experience will help the agency address pressing health care issues, such as integration of behavioral health services with primary care.

Everett is currently division director of Johns Hopkins Community and General Psychiatry, Bayview Campus, and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Everett was elected president-elect of APA in February 2016 and will take the office of President at the conclusion of the APA Annual Meeting in San Diego in May 2017. She has held numerous leadership roles at APA, including trustee-at-large on the APA Board of Trustees. She has also served as president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and president of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.

The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose more than 36,500 physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders.

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