Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W. is the principal and founder of THE CURIE GROUP, LLC, a management and consulting firm working with leaders in the healthcare field, particularly mental health (MH) and substance use (SU), to facilitate the transformation of services and to attain positive outcomes in the lives of people worldwide.
Curie's professional experience spans 30+ years in the MH and SU fields. He was nominated by the President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from 2001 to 2006. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health services, including The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the Strategic Prevention Framework for substance use prevention, Access to Recovery, National Outcome Measures, and work with post-conflict and war-torn countries MH and SU systems. Curie also chaired the Interagency Coordinating Committee to Prevent Underage Drinking, an unprecedented multi-agency effort to address the issue at the federal level. Curie oversaw a SAMHSA budget in excess of $3 billion a year.
From 1995 to 2001, Curie was appointed by PA Governor Ridge to serve as Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Services and implemented a nationally recognized MH drug and alcohol Medicaid managed care program, as well as a policy to reduce and eliminate the use of seclusion and restraining practices in the state hospital system, which won the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award.
Curie holds a Master Degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the PDV Foundation, the Responsible Retailing Forum, Inc. (RRF) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).