The National Summit to Promote Public Health, Partnerships, and Safety for Critically Affected Populations (The Summit) was held November 16–19, 2008, in Washington, DC. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Federal partners for The Summit included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH), the Indian Health Service (HIS), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Strategic Applications International, a SAMHSA partner in conducting State Governors’ summits on methamphetamine, facilitated The Summit.
Planning for The Summit began in June 2007 when the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) convened a planning group to provide input into the design of a national summit focused on methamphetamine use in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and strategies for addressing it at national, State, and community levels. Input from that original group was used as the foundation for a summit design. Based on additional input and guidance from SAMHSA, the critically affected populations selected for the focus of this national summit were expanded to include justice-involved populations and women. SAMHSA served as the host agency, inviting all 50 State Governors as well as representatives from all U.S. Territories to submit a letter of interest to participate. An expanded Steering Committee of 70 participants was convened in July 2008, with representation from all Federal sponsors and representative of all three critical populations.
The Proceedings Document reports on the national meeting focused on methamphetamine use among people in the criminal justice system; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals; and women. Discussions centered on data collection, cultural competency, access to care, and best practices.