Miriam Delphin-Rittmon to Lead the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Miriam Delphin-Rittmon has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed she will lead the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), which works to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

“If confirmed, I look forward to bringing the lessons we’ve learned together here in Connecticut to SAMSHA as we work to address the behavioral health of the nation during this challenging and transformative time,” Dr. Delphin-Rittmon said.

Dr. Delphin-Rittmon is an associate professor adjunct of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She also has served as director of cultural competence and health disparities research and consultation at Yale’s Program for Recovery and Community Health.

Professor Delphin-Rittmon is a graduate of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where she majored in social science. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and did postdoctoral research in clinical community psychology at Yale University.

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