NASMHPD's Vision, Mission and Guiding Values


NASMHPD will work with states, federal partners, and stakeholders to promote wellness, recovery, and resiliency for individuals with mental health conditions or co-occurring mental health and substance related disorders across all ages and cultural groups, including: youth, older persons, veterans and their families, and people under the jurisdiction of the court.


Wellness, resiliency, and recovery through a seamless quality system of integrated care.


The values underpinning this system are:

  • Human Rights and Health Equity

Persons with mental health conditions or co-occurring mental health and substance related disorders have the same rights and obligations as other citizens. People with lived experiences have the right to choice, to retain the fullest possible direction over their own lives, and to have opportunities to be involved fully in their communities. There should be equity across the mental health, substance use, and physical health care systems across all ages, racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.

  • Health and Wellness

Integration of care is necessary to treat the whole person. Physical health impacts behavioral health and behavioral health impacts physical health.

  • Recovery Oriented and Person-Centered System

The public mental health system provides a unique and meaningful safety net of services, including employment and housing. Information and access should be readily available for individuals to enter and proceed through the system in a responsive, appropriate, and timely manner. 

  • Empowerment

People receiving services should be involved in decision-making processes and service delivery, individually at the treatment level and collectively in the planning and operational aspects of the mental health system.

  • Community Education

Promoting wellness through public education increases public awareness and understanding of psychiatric and substance related disorders. Such public education efforts should include information on prevention. 

  • Least Restrictive and Most Integrated Setting

Services should be trauma-informed and provided in the least restrictive, most integrated, and appropriate setting.

  • Zero Suicide

Suicide is preventable and zero suicide is the goal.

  • Working Collaboratively

Collaborations with stakeholders, and partners at the local, state, and federal levels should continue to be strengthened and maintained to help state mental health agencies achieve their goals for the people they serve. 

  • Effective and Efficient Management and Accountability

Services should be high quality and provided at reasonable costs. Approaches to care should be data-informed, outcome-oriented, and evidenced-based.

  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive

Services should be responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy, and other communication needs.

  • High Quality Workforce Capacity

There should be the capacity of well-trained practitioners, including peer support providers, to assist individuals wherever they are on the continuum of need and wherever they may reside. 


To view the full strategic plan, please click here