Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA is worth visiting for it's many topics related to substance abuse and mental health, such as discussions about treatments, resources, and other associated issues and information about specific substances & many mental health issues. The site is a recommended source of mental health or substance abuse condition information & resources for consumers and providers.

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Review Date: 4/15/2019


Ease of Use

Users can quickly and easily locate the appropriate agencies using a dropdown menu if they are seeking help. Various helpful programs can be found on a separate page. Much of the site is devoted to healthcare professionals, but there is also a page that helps readers to keep up with current news and research.

Visual Design

The pages are crowed into the center of the screen. Each topic is accompanied by an image that can catch the eye.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has an excellent amount of detailed information & important resources for users seeking help for substance use and mental health disorders. Reliability of site information would had been improved if the sources of information and those responsible had been revealed to consumers. Downloadable guides are of better quality since they include expert authors and reference lists.


Specialist oversight and timely reviews assures that the site information has dependable resource. Downloadable guides also have more credibility, since they include medical credentials of authors and publication & revision dates.


  1. Extensive federal government resource for anyone interested in substance abuse and mental health issues
  2. Extremely broad in scope including general health articles, treatment initiatives, and available resources
  3. Governmental priorities and legislation, such as the Americans with Disability Act, are explained clearly and with the appropriate level of depth


  1. The information is not organized in an intuitive manner, so it is difficult to know what topics will contain or determine where to find specific information
  2. Some may find the topics too detailed and difficult to read


Sponsors / Affiliations: Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. National Institutes of Health

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: List of helplines, treatment locators, FAQs, links to other informational and assistance resources, statistical information to support topics

Languages: English, Language assistance available for many languages.