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The Westin Washington, DC. City Center
1400 M Street NW
National Ballroom A/B
Washington, DC 20005

Phone:        (202) 429-1700
Fax:             (202) 785-0786

Dear Community Partner:   
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), we invite you to participate in SAMHSA’s 2013 Community Leaders and Interfaith Partnership Summit, April 30 - May 3, 2013, at the Westin Hotel in Washington, DC.  The Summit will focus on prescription drug abuse/misuse, suicide prevention, and other behavioral health related issues.

The Summit is a 3-day interactive capacity-building opportunity where community- and faith-based leaders engage in a working forum filled with unique dialogue to develop a community framework for collaborative partnerships that will address the diverse needs of individuals and families affected by substance use disorders and mental illness.  The Summit creates a learning environment where leaders from community-and faith-based organizations can find common ground for working together.

SAMHSA has carefully selected delegations of community and faith leaders from 10 communities with high rates of prescription drug/misuse, suicide, and behavioral health concerns to participate in the 2013 Summit.  You will be joining a delegation from your community. Each delegation represents multiple disciplines, including secular and faith-based organizations, government officials, service providers, and other community stakeholders.

During the Summit, it is anticipated that each team will accomplish the following:

  1. 1. Find common ground for building or reinforcing successful, collaborative community-and faith-based partnerships
  2. 2. Examine successful community and interfaith partnership approaches and strategies
  3. 3. Obtain practical tools, templates, information, and resources to address community efforts regarding substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery, as well as mental health disorders
  4. 4. Discuss frameworks for combining community and interfaith efforts, uniting resources, and assessing service integration and gaps
  5. 5. Begin outlining a partnership framework for assisting individuals and families in need of supportive services

Each delegation, also referred to as community team, will be expected to participate in a team building process with the expectation that it be continued and expanded to other community stakeholders upon their return to their respective communities.

Scholarships will be provided for selected participants to cover travel cost, lodging, and per-diem reimbursement; it will be paid by SAMHSA’s contractors.

The Summit begins on the evening of Tuesday, April 30, 2013, with an orientation session.  At that time, you will meet the members of your community team as well as members from other communities.  Summit programming officially begins at 8:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

SAMHSA’s contractor, AFYA, Inc., will manage the travel and logistics for the Summit.  You will be contacted by AFYA once your registration is confirmed.  Should you have questions about the Summit, please contact Jocelyn Whitfield, Senior Public Health Advisor, at jocelyn.whitfield@samhsa.hhs.gov or Robin Dade, Project Director, AFYA, Inc., at SAMHSA2013Summit@afyainc.com.

We look forward to seeing you at SAMHSA’s 2013 Community Leaders and Interfaith Partnership Summit.

H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., CAS, FASAM
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment