Deputy Director, TA Network
Denise Sulzbach currently serves as the Deputy Director of SAMHSA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health. She is responsible providing leadership and oversight to subject matter experts and consultants to ensure high quality deliverables and effective technical assistance, as well as contract and task order compliance. She has over 20 years of experience and success in program, policy, legal and fiscal analyses of child, youth, and family behavioral health organizations and systems, with specialty in supporting community/state/federal linkages and cross system partnerships. Her expertise in technical assistance extends from training law enforcement and judges to system leaders at the local, state and national levels. Ms. Sulzbach has demonstrated experience in supporting states, territories and localities to design and finance home and community based systems in multiple states. As a former prosecutor specializing in child abuse and sexual assault, juvenile law, and drug courts, Ms. Sulzbach gained unique expertise in and understanding of the unmet cross system needs of youth with behavioral health needs and their families. Her expertise in child welfare, juvenile justice, and substance abuse was expanded while serving as the Deputy Secretary for Administration at the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, as well as other high-level Governor appointed positions, including Director of Systems of Care and Interagency Policy at the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children. Ms. Sulzbach has provided oversight and leadership on numerous federal contracts, grants and cooperative agreements. Through this work, she was a member of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Council on Collaboration and Coordination from 2009-2013, serving as Co-Chair of the Technical Assistance, Quality Improvement, Sustainability and Expansion Work group for two years. Ms. Sulzbach has authored and monitored numerous requests for proposals, contracts and memorandums of understanding. She also has been the lead author for a large number of successful proposals and grant applications, totaling over $125 million.