Policy & Planning

The Office of Policy & Planning coordinates review of ADMH Central Office policies and 310 Board Plans. It partners with national, state and local groups to support planning and service development in the areas of SSI/SSDI acquisition, disaster response and initiatives for Service Members, Veterans and their Families.

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery

SOAR seeks to end homelessness through increased access to SSI/SSDI income supports. SOAR also encourages employment as a means to increase individual income and to promote recovery from serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Case Managers and Benefits Specialists can complete the free, online SOAR course at their own pace and receive consultation from national experts.

Disaster Response

Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Coordination with primary responders enhances the ability to prepare for and address disaster-related behavioral health. An immediate response to disaster is available through the Disaster Distress Helpline. This service is operational 24/7, 365-days-a-year for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This service is toll-free and multilingual. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.


The AL Executive Veterans Network is an interagency planning and coordinating body which assists Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF). For additional information, visit the AlaVetNet website.


Dr. Ileeia A. Cobb, Director