Acting Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Kana Enomoto was named Acting Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in August 2015. Through data, policy, public education, and grants, Ms. Enomoto and the SAMHSA team advance the agency’s mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Previously, Ms. Enomoto served as SAMHSA’s Principal Deputy Administrator and as the Director of the Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation. She previously served as the Principal Senior Advisor to three SAMHSA Administrators between 2005 and 2009, and as the Acting Deputy Administrator between 2008 and 2009. Ms. Enomoto began her tenure at SAMHSA in 1998 as a Presidential Management Fellow. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of California-Los Angeles, and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Managers in Government Program. She has received numerous awards, including the Arthur S. Flemming Award, the American College of Mental Health Administration King Davis Award, and the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service.