Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Pamela Hyde was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed
by the U.S. Senate in November 2009 as Administrator of the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a public
health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.
The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and
effectiveness of the Nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions
treatment, and mental health services delivery system. As Administrator,
Ms. Hyde leads SAMHSA's staff of approximately 550 public health
professionals and manages a budget of approximately $3.5 billion
dedicated towards efforts and policies advancing the health and well-being of the American people.
Ms. Hyde comes to SAMHSA with more than 30 years experience in management and consulting for public healthcare and human services agencies. She has served as a state mental health director, state human services director, city housing and human services director, as well as CEO of a private non-profit managed behavioral healthcare firm. In 2003 she was appointed cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department by Gov. Bill Richardson, where she worked effectively to provide greater access to quality health services for everyone.
Ms. Hyde received her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School (1976) and her B.A. from Southwest Missouri State University (1972).