March 10, 2021

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration works to advance behavioral health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health of the nation. Through SAMHSA, individuals have access to a menu that helps to find treatment, programs, public messages, data and statistics on substance abuse and mental health and more. Sharing resources such as SAMHSA supports the behavioral health pillar of the Healthy Boiler Program.

Some of the ways SAMHSA advocates to advance behavioral health of the nation are:

Behavioral Health Equity

SAMHSA works to advance health equity so all populations have access to quality health care.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

SAMHSA provides guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities and states with the challenges created by the pandemic.

Disaster preparedness, response and recovery

SAMHSA provides behavioral health resources to help communities and first responders prepare, respond and recover from disasters, including the SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline and SAMHSA Disaster Mobile App.

Homelessness programs and resources

SAMHSA offers programs and resources to help prevent and end homelessness among men, women, youth and families who live with substance use or mental health disorders.

National Helpline – 800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA provides a free, confidential, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service for families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

National Prevention Week

Each year, SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) is held as a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round by providing ideas, tools, resources and more. This year's SAMHSA NPW is May 9-15. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The 2019 National Prevention Week Outcomes Report is now available.

Veterans Crisis Line – Call 800-273-8255 or text 838255

The Veterans Crisis Line connects those in need with caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This free, confidential, available-every-day service is available to:

  • All veterans.
  • All service members.
  • National Guard and Reserve.
  • Their family members and friends.

Information on all programs offered by SAMHSA is available online.


Any questions regarding benefits coverage and/or mental health resources available to faculty, staff and dependents, can be directed to Human Resources at, HRHelp (secure email) or by phone at 765-494-2222 or toll-free at 877-725-0222.

Additionally, a breakdown of Purdue insurance coverage for alcohol and substance abuse and mental health is available online. Behavioral health referral locations by campus is also available as a resource.


Faculty and staff resources

Referred to by many names – behavioral health, mental health, emotional well-being and more -- one thing is certain, it’s important, and resources are available to faculty, staff and students at Purdue.

To assist students

Faculty and staff, who work with students or have a student at home, can direct students to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. Note: LiveHealth Online Psychology and LiveHealth Online Psychiatry services are also available to Purdue students who are covered on a Purdue health plan. Mental health visits through LiveHealth Online are covered at 100% on the Purdue student health plan.   

Office of the Dean of Students

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


Contact Human Resources at 765-494-2222, toll-free at 877-725-0222 or via email at

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