Current Fellows
Addiction & Overdose

Chase Holleman

Bloomberg Fellow

Chase Holleman has served as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ’s (SAMHSA) leading subject matter expert in harm reduction since 2021. In this role, Chase acts as an external liaison to partners and community collaborators, tracking trends, promising practices, and challenges. Chase led the development of the SAMHSA Harm Reduction Framework in collaboration with community partners and other federal agencies. Before joining SAMHSA, Chase helped found and directed Guilford County Solutions to the Opioid Problem (GCSTOP). In this role, as an assistant professor and licensed clinical social worker, Chase developed and implemented multiple harm reduction service programs that doubled as clinical training sites for students pursuing their social work degrees. Chase is also a person who has lived through multiple overdoses and works now so that others may have the same opportunities he was afforded. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes. SAMHSA envisions that people with, affected by, or at risk for mental health and substance use conditions receive care, achieve well-being, and thrive. SAMHSA has four overarching guiding principles across all policies and programs to support SAMHSA in achieving its mission and vision. These include equity, trauma-informed approaches, a commitment to data and evidence, and recovery. 

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