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James Wright

Chief, Crisis Center Operations, 988 team, Office of the Assistant Secretary

James Wright is the Chief of Crisis Center Operations for the 988 team at SAMHSA. He currently oversees the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Administration and the 988 State and Territory grant program. Before coming back to SAMHSA on the 988 team, Mr. Wright held both the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff positions for the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), overseeing all clinical and business operations for VCL. Mr. Wright previously led psychiatric emergency services at Johns Hopkins Bayview and Austin Travis County Integral Care, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and is a Veteran of the United States Army.