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06/24/2019

Drug and Alcohol Secretary Appointed to National Association Board of Directors

Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) today announced the appointment of Secretary Jen Smith to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) Board of Directors.

The NASADAD Board of Directors is comprised of 18 individuals elected by association members in their region for two-year terms. The group meets four times annually and serves as a critical advocacy group on Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill for drug and alcohol policy and legislation.

“I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to sit on the board of directors. By participating on the board, Pennsylvania is in a unique position to help develop and oversee the implementation of substance use prevention and treatment policy and programs nationwide,” said Sec. Smith.

NASADAD brings together each state’s lead agency that manages publicly-funded addiction treatment, prevention, and recovery services to develop and foster collaborative relationships between states. NASADAD activities include:

  • Representing states on association policies and issues;
  • Promoting, planning, developing, and utilizing educational materials and scientific activities within the field; and
  • Coordinating a timely information exchange between states concerning policies of various constituencies with the drug and alcohol abuse field.

“I am looking forward to collaborating with other states to develop initiatives that help all of us further advance our treatment systems,” said Sec. Smith. “Through collaboration we can better anticipate trends and develop policies proactively. We all have the same common goal and that is to help our communities and constituents live happy, healthy lives.”

For more information on NASADAD, visit here.

Find more information on the state’s efforts to battle the opioid crisis here.

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