Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Strong Collaboration

Interagency Collaboration

This occurs when two or more agencies see the benefit of working together but don’t want to form a full-fledged coalition. Interagency collaboration typically occurs at the administrative level, but it can also happen among workers at the service-delivery level, who are sometimes given incentives or encouraged to collaborate.

Interagency collaboration can serve a number of purposes. It is useful for coordinating efforts between public and private agencies and between law enforcement and service providers.2 It is often used to assemble teams that can work together to secure funding. It can help you increase both access to and the quality of prevention and treatment services. And it is also a good way to increase implementation of effective interventions.


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