Susan Milstrey Wells, B.A.

Senior Program Manager

Susan Milstrey Wells, B.A., a senior program manager at AHP, is an accomplished writer and editor known for her ability to translate research findings into reports for the lay audience. For nearly 30 years, she has written about mental and substance use disorders and homelessness; frequently, her services are requested by various divisions in the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for specific projects. Ms. Wells has been the principal speechwriter for the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Office of the Director since May 2007. Currently, Ms. Wells manages a team of six technical writers who contribute to a wide range of written and virtual products for federal, national, state, and local clients. Ms. Wells is the primary author of many of SAMHSA’s seminal documents, including the Federal Action Agenda, the Blueprint for Change to End Chronic Homelessness, and a Report to Congress on co-occurring disorders. Ms. Wells is the author of a toolkit for State Mental Health Commissioners called Responding to a High-Profile Tragic Incident Involving a Person with a Serious Mental Illness and author of A Delicate Balance: Living Successfully with Chronic Illness (Perseus Books, 2000).