Congressional Justification Estimates
Letter from the Administrator
I am pleased to present the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) fiscal year (FY) 2008 Congressional Justification. SAMHSA's FY 2008 budget totals $3.2 billion, a 5 percent reduction from the FY 2007 Continuing Resolution. This budget request continues support for the President's and Secretary's priority initiatives and reflects the goals and objectives in the Department's FY 2004 - FY 2009 Strategic Plan. In addition, the PART process continues to be a critical tool for evaluating program effectiveness and developing budget and legislative strategies.
This justification includes the FY 2008 Annual Performance Plan and FY 2006 Annual Performance Report as required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 along with a more direct link in the budget discussion with program performance. Performance measurement and reporting at SAMHSA provide a comprehensive set of measures and outcomes in 21 major areas offering results-oriented information that enables SAMHSA to share with stakeholders its progress toward achieving three strategic goals:
Accountability: Measure and report program performance
Capacity: Increase service availability
Effectiveness: Improve service quality
SAMHSA's implementation of performance management has created a consistent framework for linking agency-wide goals with a matrix of program priorities and targeting resources to build resilience and facilitate recovery of adults, children and families. It has provided a shared vision of what needs to be accomplished with our partners and provides a consistent and effective way to measure its achievements and to strive for continued improvement.