Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Strong Collaboration

Coalitions of Interest

These form around a particular issue or to represent the needs of a particular geographic community or population group. They typically consist of individuals, usually representing different backgrounds and fields, who organize to address a community concern that transcends any one organization’s capacity to respond.1 Coalitions usually focus on setting goals to improve results for children, youth, families, and neighborhoods across a broad range of dimensions of well-being. They are most common at the local level but can happen at the State, regional, and national levels as well.


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