OECD Forum Series Event: Working it out: Mental health & employment


Anita Everett

United States

Director, Center for Mental Health Services


As the Director of the U.S. Center for Mental Health Services, Dr. Everett provides executive leadership for federal efforts to improve the nation’s mental health service systems. Prior to her arrival at SAMHSA, she served as the Section Chief of The Johns Hopkins Bayview Community and General Psychiatry in Baltimore, Maryland. She was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Hopkins, she directed 22 community psychiatry programmes that provide a range of services to individuals from preschool age to older adults and through a range of programmes that include intensive acute services, as well as recovery support services for persons with serious mental illnesses. She has also been involved with the leadership of health system behavioural health integration into accountable care structures. Earlier in her career, Dr. Everett served as the Senior Medical Advisor to the SAMHSA. She worked on the promotion of access to quality services and access to medications in the Medicare prescription drug benefit. From 1999 to 2003 she served as the Inspector General to the Office of the Governor in the Department of Mental Health in Virginia. During this time she completed over 80 inspections of Institutions operated and licensed to provide mental health services in Virginia. She received the Patrick Henry award for outspoken advocacy. Dr. Everett has served on the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Advisory Council. She is active in several professional organisations including the American Psychiatric Association where she has received a commendation for her work in healthcare reform. She is a past president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. She has been engaged in a number of international projects which have included consultation with the Ministries of Health, Department of Mental Health in Iraq and Afghanistan on the implementation of mental health services in these countries.