Make a Request / Possible Fees

You may request SAMHSA documents/records directly from this site. To make request, please send us an email at

In case we need to contact you with questions about your request, please be sure to include:

  • your mailing address and
  • a phone number or e-mail address
  • subject of the request
  • mailing address

Fee Charges

For fee purposes, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that requestors be placed in one of three categories: (1) commercial-use requestors; (2) educational and scientific institutions, and news media; (3) all others.

In line with FOIA, SAMHSA charges commercial-use requestors the costs of search, review and duplication associated with processing requests. We charge scientific, educational, and news media requestors the cost of duplication only, except that we provide the first 100 pages free of charge. We charge all other requestors the costs of search and duplication, except that the first two hours of search and the first 100 pages of duplications are free of charge. You will be billed only if the total processing charges are $25 or more.

We assume that you are willing to pay the fees we charge for processing your request. In your letter of request, you may specify the fee category in which you feel your request falls. You also may state the maximum amount of fees that you are willing to pay.

Fee Waivers

The FOIA permits SAMHSA to waive fees if disclosure of the record(s) is in the public interest because it (a) is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and (b) is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requestor.

If you believe that your request meets both of the above tests, you can request a waiver or reduction of fees when you make your FOIA request. Be sure to fully document and justify your waiver request.

You may visit SAMHSA in person to review FOIA documents at the following address:

Room 8-1042
One Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857

Phone 240-276-2130
Fax 240-276-2135

Hours of Operation are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

Last updated: 09/16/2010