Onaje Salim, EdD

Keynote Speaker

Spiritually and Health in the Context of the New Normal

Dr. Onaje Salim is an Adjunct Professor at Argosy University, Northern Virginia, in the College of Counseling, Psychology, and Social Sciences. He also serves as the Director of the Division of State and Community Assistance, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where he provides leadership to a team of dedicated federal employees in administering the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, the State Opioid Response Program, Co-occurring Disorder and Homeless programs, and Performance Measurement and Evaluation activities, including Health Information Technology and Technical Assistance to the all 50 states, affiliated jurisdictions, and eligible tribes. Salim was the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Addictions/Offender Professional Award by the International Association for Addiction and Offenders Counselors (IAAOC).


Recent publication credits include SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol 59, Improving Cultural Competence (2014), and a journal article, Peer Recovery Support for Individuals with SUDs: Assessing the Evidence, Psychiatric Services (2014). He recently served as a subject matter expert supporting the publication of Facing Addiction, the 2016 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. He is a national board-certified and licensed Professional Counselor in Maryland and Georgia.