SAMHSA Philosophy and Statement of Ethical Principles
de Jong, Judith
Ethics and Behavior. 1998; 8(4): 339-343.
As the major federal agency responsible for improving the delivery and effectiveness of substance abuse and mental health services to the American public, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is aware that its programs deal with especially sensitive issues. As a national leader in advancing effective services to persons with addictive and mental disorders, SAMHSA has stewardship over important interventions affecting personal, community, institutional, and social values. Inherent in SAMHSA's mission and goals is a commitment to protect and promote the human, civil, and legal rights and moral freedoms of those individuals and groups who participate in SAMHSA-funded activities and to demonstrate that Agency policies and procedures are congruent with publicly acceptable ethical principles and standards of conduct. A foundation of mutual trust between SAMHSA officials and participants as well as sensitivity to issues of public accountability will hasten and strengthen progress toward this shared vision.
Accountability; Alcohol Abuse; Autonomy; Beneficence; Community Consent; Cultural Pluralism; Consent; Drug Abuse; Ethics; Federal Government; Goals; Government; Health; Health Care; Health Promotion; Health Services; Institutional Ethics; Justice; Legal Rights; Medicine; Mental Disorders; Mental Health; Mental Health Services; Minority Groups; Philosophy; Preventive Medicine; Professional Ethics; Public Health; Rehabilitation; Rights; Social Problems; Standards; Social Values; Trust; Values;
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