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Committee NameAdvisory Committee for Women's ServicesAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number188
Original Establishment Date7/10/1992Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*11
Current Charter Date6/15/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Public Health Analyst
Date Of Renewal Charter6/15/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date6/15/2020Designated Federal Officer First Name*Valerie
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityN/ADesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Kolick
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixM.S.
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 290aaDesignated Federal Officer Phone*240-276-1738
Effective Date Of Authority*7/10/1992Designated Federal Officer Fax*240-276-2252
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*In accordance with section 501(f) of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 290aa, the SAMHSA Associate Administrator for Women’s Services (AAWS) shall provide leadership and guidance in developing and implementing agency plans to meet women’s substance abuse and mental health services needs; coordinate and promote collaboration among the three SAMHSA Centers, and with other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) components; develop policies and programs regarding women’s issues; develop plans to standardize and enhance the collection of data on women’s health; establish and operate the mandated agency Coordinating Committee for Women’s Services; promote the allocation of sufficient resources for women’s services within each SAMHSA Center; establish and support the mandated ACWS; ensure the establishment, maintenance and operation of a program to provide information on women’s substance abuse and mental health services; assure the conduct of appropriate evaluation of women’s services; and monitor and report on agency recruitment and hiring of women in senior positions.
How is membership balanced?*The ACWS is comprised of ten members appointed by the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA and 1 ex-officio federal employee (Associate Administrator for Women's Services). A majority of the members are women who are not employees of the Federal Government. Members include physicians, practitioners, consumer advocates, treatment providers and other health professionals, whose clinical practice, specialization, or professional expertise include a significant focus on women's substance abuse and mental health conditions. Appointments are made by paying close attention to experience, expertise and gender representation, as well as equitable race/ethnicity representation and geographical distribution. All members participate fully in policy discussions and program development, each bringing to bear their own unique perspective.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee met twice virtually during this reporting period. It is anticipated that two 1-day face-to-face or virtual meetings will be held in FY 2020, thus adhering to the Committee's mandate and continuing function of advising SAMHSA on the appropriate policies and activities with respect to women's substance abuse and mental health services and on the improvement in the participation of women in the Agency's workforce. The meetings are relevant to SAMHSA because they allow the Agency to secure the professional expertise necessary to accomplish its mission and maintain the public's trust.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The ACWS is composed of experts whose clinical practice, specialization or professional expertise includes a significant focus on women's substance abuse and mental health conditions. The direction, scope, balance and emphasis of the advice received from this group cannot be obtained from Agency staff or from other established sources because the membership of the Committee is constituted to meet the specific requirements of the mandated mission of the Committee and of the Agency. Moreover, the Committee provides a direct link between SAMHSA and the field and is invaluable in helping SAMHSA to be responsive to the needs of women with or at risk for addictive and mental health disorders.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksAnne Herron is the Acting Associate Administrator for Women's Services and serves on the committee as the Chair, federal employee, ex-officio member. Anne Herron is acting until a new AAWS is chosen.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentCommittee recommendations and suggestions may lead to savings over time. However, the savings may not be realized for years and are difficult to determine.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*98Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentBetween FYs 1994 and 2019, the ACWS produced approximately 99 recommendations. During FY 2019, members recommended the following: (a) address housing barriers for women with multiple children or children over 12 years of age; (b) create a larger focus on family first models and wraparound services; (c) Expand barriers to care in rural communities including the expansion and flexibility of telehealth for MAT and domestic violence services; (d) Add a pregnant and post-partum women (PPW) set-aside in the Mental Health Block Grant; (e) Build stronger partnerships with domestic violence programs; (f) Educate the public and providers on marijuana usage effects of the PPW population; (g) Respond to workforce challenges; (h) Mitigate the fear of the PPW population that accessing SUD treatment will mean they will lose custody of their children; (i) educate all aspects of the judicial system on addiction as they interact with the community (connect the National Judicial Opioid Task Force with Single State Agency Directors); (j) engage and screen women early pregnancy and link them into programs SUD/MH programs earlier; (k) work with recover navigator (peers) who can share their own stories and services.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*65.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentSince the beginning of the ACWS, approximately 65% of the Committee's recommendations have been fully implemented by the Agency. For example, SAMHSA is ensuring that cultural competency perspective and trauma informed care is incorporated into all of its strategic initiatives. SAMHSA connected the National Judicial Opioid Task Force with Single State Agencies. SAMHSA is working OWH/OASH to publish the Re-entry guide which should be released in FY 2020.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentDuring the life of the Committee, approximately 10% of its recommendations have been partially implemented due to restrictions imposed by legislative/fiscal/programmatic concerns and/or superseding agency priorities.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentStatus reports on actions by the Agency on matters that have come before the Committee are provided at Committee meetings. The Agency provides feedback to the members in the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA and Associate Administrator for Women's Services' Reports provided to members in each meeting. The Agency ensures that complete meeting minutes are prepared and circulates them in draft to the members for clearance and approval at the next official meeting. When the ACWS votes to pass resolutions/recommendations for the Secretary or the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Us, SAMHSA, it is SAMHSA's policy to ensure responses to the Committee are provided within a prescribed time frame. Summaries of information may be mailed, e-mailed, telephoned or faxed to Committee members. Communications from SAMHSA staff to ACWS members include: issue papers, fact sheets, press releases, reports and other documents. ACWS members also have access to senior management and technical experts, when needed.Narrative Description*The Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) provides guidance and advice to the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA, on the appropriate activities to be undertaken by the Agency with respect to women’s substance abuse and mental health services. SAMHSA is directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that - prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation's health. In FY 2019, the ACWS supported the Agency's mission of reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities by providing input on policies and planning and identifying issues/problems specifically related to women and girls.

The Committee researched and discussed the mental health and substance use needs of the Pregnant and Parenting Women (PPW) population. SAMHSA staff shared the current SAMHSA PPW Data and Portfolio and the committee made recommendations regarding creating a family-centered focus, addressing transportation and housing barriers; incorporating SBIRT into more family and PPW related program; strengthening the system of care models; adding more programming for children; addressing domestic violence in the PPW population; and had a long discussion around preventing marijuana use in the PPW population.

Additionally the committee met and provided recommendations to the Women’s Services Network Coordinators sponsored by NASADAD, and is coordinating a project with HRSA’s Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence and Care Coordination Model for Women with Opioid Use Disorder.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$1,800.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$4,800.00
Payments to Federal Members*$854.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$1,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$133,922.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$141,330.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$21,060.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$12,479.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$21,534.00
Total Costs$149,055.00Est. Total Next FY*$189,724.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.75Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.75
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-034897Advisory Committee for Women's Services2018
 COM-001895Advisory Committee for Women's Services2017
 COM-002677Advisory Committee for Women's Services2016
 COM-004052Advisory Committee for Women's Services2015
 COM-004524Advisory Committee for Women's Services2014
 COM-006182Advisory Committee for Women's Services2013
 COM-006878Advisory Committee for Women's Services2012
 COM-008311Advisory Committee for Women's Services2011
 COM-009054Advisory Committee for Women's Services2010
 COM-010205Advisory Committee for Women's Services2009
 COM-010982Advisory Committee for Women's Services2008
 COM-012163Advisory Committee for Women's Services2007
 COM-012665Advisory Committee for Women's Services2006
 COM-013984Advisory Committee for Women's Services2005
 COM-014778Advisory Committee for Women's Services2004
 COM-015663Advisory Committee for Women's Services2003
 COM-016796Advisory Committee for Women's Services2002
 COM-017902Advisory Committee for Women's Services2001
 COM-018758Advisory Committee for Women's Services2000
 COM-019542Advisory Committee for Women's Services1999
 COM-020326Advisory Committee for Women's Services1998
 COM-021761Advisory Committee for Women's Services1997