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Twenty-eight years ago, Paolo del Vecchio joined SAMHSA to work in consumer affairs activities. During his tenure, he’s been the director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services and the Office of Management, Technology, and Operations. He’s now the director of SAMHSA’s newly established Office of Recovery. “I was the

As a researcher at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, Dr. Sidney Hankerson has studied how faith leaders are a mental health access point, helping address mental health disparities in Black and Hispanic communities. “Pastors are frontline mental health professionals, regardless of race or religious affiliation,” he said.

Trust comes from the quality of services, says Dr. Monserrate Allende Santos. “When someone calls our crisis line, we respond immediately, utilizing all our strategies and sharing every resource we have. If the person needs more, we go directly to the community to provide services face-to-face.” Dr. Allende Santos is