UTEP Provost named to federal council for substance abuse, mental illness
EL PASO — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has named UTEP Provost Junius Gonzales, M.D., to the National Advisory Council for The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). His term begins Dec. 1 and runs through Nov. 30, 2017, UTEP officials said.
“I am truly honored to have been selected for this important national council and will work hard to apply my expertise to its mission, near and dear to my heart, of improving treatment of substance abuse and mental illness and increasing prevention services throughout the country,” Gonzales said.
SAMHSA’s annual budget is nearly $3.5 billion and the agency provides critical leadership for improving care for substance abuse and mental illness. The SAMHSA National Advisory Council provides advice to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA is charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.
This is the second time Gonzales has been appointed to a National Advisory Council for a federal agency. He served on the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality’s council from 2009-11.