November 10, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Mental Health, Department of

ADMH’s Director of Prevention Services Appointed to Regional Position with Federal Behavioral Health Agency

MONTGOMERY – Stephanie McCladdie, director of prevention services for the Alabama Department of Mental Health, has accepted an appointment as the regional administrator of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s region four offices in Atlanta. McCladdie has served for ten years with ADMH. In her most recent role, she has directed the delivery of substance abuse prevention programs to more than 50,000 students and adults per year through the department’s network of community providers. SAMHSA is the agency that oversees federally-funded substance abuse treatment and mental health services. It is a sub-agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS has operated ten regional offices for a number of years, but this is the first time that SAMHSA and its behavioral health professionals will have a presence in each of these offices.

McCladdie and the other newly appointed regional administrators will be moving into their positions between November and January. Their mission will be to provide outreach and information to states, service providers, communities and other stakeholders about funding prospects, federal policies affecting them, and disaster preparedness and response. ADMH Commissioner Zelia Baugh said, “We are extremely proud of Stephanie for her accomplishments with our department and for this appointment at the federal level. She will be in a position to alert states about critical opportunities, and her experience with behavioral health services in Alabama will be an extremely valuable asset in her new regional role.

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