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SAMHSA News - May/June 2008, Volume 16, Number 3

Frances M. Harding Named New CSAP Director

SAMHSA recently announced the selection of Frances M. Harding as Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

Ms. Harding served as Associate Commissioner of the Division of Prevention and Recovery, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. She has worked for the state in positions of increasing responsibility for 26 years.

Ms. Harding is recognized as one of the Nationís leading experts in the field of drug and alcohol policy. Over the years, she held numerous national positions and received recognition from her peers for her work, including serving as president of the National Prevention Network (NPN), an organization representing alcohol and other drug prevention offices in all 50 states.

She also served as New York state representative to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, where she served on the board of directors.

She received the prestigious 2004 Science to Practice Award from the International Society for Prevention Research.

In November 2006, the U.S. Department of Education appointed Ms. Harding to serve on the Review Group for the Department’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention.

This eight-member panel advised the Department on the development and implementation of effective alcohol and substance abuse and violence prevention resources for the Nation’s institutions of higher education.

Most recently, in February 2008, Ms. Harding was appointed to the Council of Advisors for the Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues, a volunteer organization developed by the U.S. Department of Education in 1987.

Echoing SAMHSA’s vision of “a life in the community for everyone,” CSAP’s mission is to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community. For more about the Center and its activities, visit SAMHSA’s Web site at

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