Susan Milstrey Wells
Advocates for Human Potential
Area of Work:
Housing, Health, Mental Health, Substance Use, Trauma, Employment, Veterans, Women
Focus of Work:
Susan Milstrey Wells, Senior Writer at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), Inc., is an accomplished senior writer/editor known for her ability to translate research findings into reports for the lay audience. Since 1988, she has researched, written, and edited documents about mental and substance use disorders and homelessness; her services frequently are requested by various SAMHSA divisions for specific projects. Ms. Wells has been the principal speechwriter for the CMHS Office of the Director since May 2007 and was tapped to help CMHS develop a strategic forecast. Ms. Wells is the primary author of SAMHSA’s Federal Action Agenda and of its Blueprint for Change to End Chronic Homelessness. She helped draft SAMHSA’s Report to Congress on co-occurring disorders. Ms. Wells has edited newsletters on the health and behavioral health needs of individuals who are homeless and is 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. She is the author of A Delicate Balance: Living Successfully with Chronic Illness (Perseus Books, 2000).