Monica S. Johnson, M.A., LPC is SAMHSA’s New Director of the 988 & Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office

Monica S. Johnson, M.A., LPC is the new Director of SAMHSA’s 988 & Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office. Ms. Johnson brings a wealth of experience to SAMHSA. She has worked in the behavioral health field for 26 years and most recently served as the Interim Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). Prior to this role she served as the Division Director for the Division of Behavioral Health for eight years, the Community Mental Health Director for three years, and the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Director for one year.
During her tenure with DBHDD, Ms. Johnson managed an extensive budget of over $600 million and developed strategic plans for all community behavioral health programs as well as policies and behavioral health practices. Over the last couple of decades, she has also led the formation of several high-profile change initiatives and served as a board member for a variety of governing boards.
Ms. Johnson has worked in community behavioral health in clinical, management and leadership roles, including program development and implementation of federally funded initiatives. She has overseen and successfully implemented programs funded through SAMHSA, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, and Department of Education.

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