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Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W.


Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W. is the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA is the lead federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services in the United States.

Mr. Curie has more than 20 years of professional experience in the mental health and substance abuse arena. Before joining SAMHSA, Mr. Curie served as the Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the Department of Public Welfare in Pennsylvania. During his tenure, he implemented a nationally-recognized mental health and drug and alcohol Medicaid managed care program. He also established and implemented a policy to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the use of seclusion and restraint practices in the state hospital system. The program won the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award sponsored by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Ford Foundation, and the Council on Excellence in Government.

Previously, Mr. Curie was the Director of Risk Management Services for Henry S. Lehr Inc. in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; President/CEO of the Helen H. Stevens Community Mental Health Center in Carlisle, Cumberland County; and Executive Director/CEO of the Sandusky Valley Center in Tiffin, Ohio.

Mr. Curie holds a Master's Degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and is a graduate of Huntington College, Indiana. He is also certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers. A native of Indiana, Mr. Curie and his wife reside in Maryland.



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