The holidays are upon us and it is a joy for many American families. Yet, data shows that holidays can be stressful, difficult, and even dangerous when it comes to drug and alcohol use. There is federal support – the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides federal resources. A sample of SAMHSA’s resources are listed including a 24/7/365 referral and information service.

Mental and substance use disorders affect people of every demographic.  According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are approximately 43.6 million (18.1%) Americans with some form of mental illness.  In the past year, 20.2 million adults (8.4%) had a substance use disorder. Out of this population, there are 7.9 million people with both a mental disorder and a substance use disorder.  This is known as co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.


1. About SAMHSA- This link provides an overview of the mission, services, and strategic initiatives of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of U.S. Health and Human Services.  

2. Mental and Substance Abuse DisordersLearn about the most common mental and substance use disorders and how SAMHSA works to reduce their impact on America’s communities.

Find Help and Treatment

3. Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator– Resource link to help individuals find mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities in your local community.

4. Other Service Locator and Help Lines- Link to treatment program locators and helpline contact information for suicide prevention, treatment referral, disaster distress, Veterans crisis, and drug-free workplace. 

Supported Employment Initiative

5. Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment- SAMHSA’s Supported Employment (SE) program seeks to increase evidence-based, SE programs for individuals with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.  This link outlines seven grants awarded to enhance state and community capacity to help people with serious mental illness participate in competitive labor market.  

Additional Resources

6. SAMHSA Publications- This link lists SAMHSA’s publications that are available for you to order to support your work.