Dr. Art Kleinschmidt served as Senior Advisor on Substance Abuse to the Assistant Secretary for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a person in long-term recovery, Dr. Kleinschmidt came to this position with vast real-world experience and education in the field of addiction treatment.
He earned a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling and completed his clinical training at Hazelden-Betty Ford. Dr. Kleinschmidt went on to earn a Ph.D.in psychology while serving as the lead therapist at an extended inpatient facility located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains specializing in treatment of men with severe substance use disorders and a history of relapse. Dr. Kleinschmidt has been immersed in the recovery community and possesses a vast array clinical experience working with a multitude of clients,including gang affiliated incarcerated adolescents in Minneapolis.
While at SAMHSA Dr. Kleinschmidt was involved on expert panels and policy discussions regarding patient brokering, the and the opioid crisis in rural America.
In addition,Dr. Kleinschmidt has earned a MBA, is certified in trauma treatment, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor,and a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor.