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CSAP National Advisory Council Charter

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Committee’s Official Designation

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council


The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC or the Council) is required by 42 U.S.C. 290aa-1, section 502 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended. The Council is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (as amended, 5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

Objectives and Scope of Activities

To advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the SAMHSA Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use (Assistant Secretary), or the CSAP Director for which the CSAP NAC was established concerning matters relating to the activities carried out by and through by SAMHSA or CSAP and the policies respecting such activities.

The scope includes activities, such as providing assistance to states and local communities to develop state and local prevention systems, which enable communities to implement science-based prevention programs that address local needs, strengthen families and youth to reject substance use, and to improve health outcomes, and change attitudes and norms around substance use and abuse.

Description of Duties

The CSAP National Advisory Council:

(A)(i) may on the basis of the materials provided by the organization respecting activities conducted at the organization, make recommendations to the HHS Secretary, the Assistant Secretary, or the Center Director for which it was established respecting such activities;

(ii) shall review applications submitted for grants and cooperative agreements for activities for which Advisory Council approval is required under 42 U.S.C. Section 290aa–3(d)(2) and recommend for approval applications for projects that show promise of making valuable contributions to the Administration’s mission; and

(iii) may review any grant, contract, or cooperative agreement proposed to be made or entered into by the organization;

(B) may collect, by correspondence or by personal investigation, information as to studies and services that are being carried on in the United States, or any other country, as to the diseases, disorders, or other aspects of human health with respect to which the organization was established, and with the approval of the Assistant Secretary or Director, whichever is appropriate, make such information available through appropriate publications for the benefit of public and private health entities, health professions personnel, and for the information of the general public; and

(C) may appoint subcommittees and convene workshops and conferences.

Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports

CSAP NAC shall advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the HHS Secretary,; the Assistant Secretary; and the CSAP Director concerning matters relating to the activities carried out by and through the Center and the policies respecting such activities.


Management and support services shall be provided by the Office of Program Analysis and Coordination, CSAP, SAMHSA.

Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years

The estimated annual operating costs for the CSAP NAC, to include travel, meetings, federal staff support and contracting support, is approximately $222,395.00 and .90 fulltime equivalent.

Designated Federal Officer

The CSAP Director shall designate a Center staff member, to serve as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) of the Council. The DFO will prepare and approve all meeting agendas, attend all committee and subcommittee meetings, adjourn any meeting when the DFO determines adjournment to be in the public interest, and chair meetings when directed to do so by the official to whom the advisory committee reports.

Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings

The Council shall meet at the call of the chairperson, with approval of the DFO, or upon the request of the Assistant Secretary, or CSAP Director, but in no event less than two times during each fiscal year. The location of the meetings of each advisory council shall be subject to the approval of the Assistant Secretary or CSAP Director.

The CSAP NAC meetings shall be open to the public except as determined otherwise by the Assistant Secretary or the CSAP Director, in accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Notice of all meetings shall be given to the public. In the event a part of a meeting is closed to the public, a report will be prepared which shall contain, at a minimum, a list of members and their business addresses, the CSAP Council’s functions, dates and places of meetings, and a summary of the Council activities and recommendations made during the fiscal year.




Unless renewed by appropriate action prior to its expiration, the charter for the CSAP NAC will expire two years from the date the charter is filed.

Membership and Designation

The CSAP NAC shall consist of the following nonvoting, ex officio members: the HHS Secretary of; the SAMHSA Assistant Secretary; the CSAP Director; the Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary; the Defense for Health Affairs Assistant Secretary (or the designates of such officers); the SAMHSA Chief Medical Officer; the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director; the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Director; and such additional officers or employees of the United States as the Secretary determines necessary for the CSAP NAC to effectively carry out its functions. The CSAP NAC shall consist of not more than 12 voting members to be appointed by the Secretary.

Of the 12 appointed members, nine members shall be from among the leading representatives of the health disciplines (including public health and behavioral and social sciences) relevant to the activities of the CSAP; and three members shall be from the general public and shall include leaders in the fields of public policy, public relations, law, health policy economics, or management. All members who are not federal employees shall serve as Special Government Employees.

Of the 12 appointed members, at least half will have a medical degree, doctoral degree, or have an advanced degree in nursing, public health, behavioral or social sciences, or social work from an accredited graduate school; or be a certified physician assistant and shall have experience in the provision of substance use disorder services or the development and implementation of programs to prevent substance misuse.

A quorum for the conduct of council business is the majority (one more than one-half) of the currently appointed voting members.

The HHS Secretary may select an individual from among the appointed members or may select the CSAP Director to serve as chair of the Council. The term of office of the chair shall be two years.

The term of office of an appointed member of the CSAP NAC shall be four years, except that any member may serve after the end of the member’s term until a successor has been appointed and taken office. If a vacancy occurs in the advisory council among the members, the Secretary shall make an appointment to fill such vacancy within 90 days from the date the vacancy occurs. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy for an unexpired term shall serve for the remainder for such term. Initial appointments shall be made in such a manner as to ensure that the terms of the members do not all expire in the same year. A member who has been appointed for a term of four years may not be reappointed to an Advisory Council before two years from the date of expiration of such term of office.

The CSAP Director shall also provide orientation and training for new members of the CSAP NAC and shall provide them with such information and training as may be appropriate for their effective participation in the functions of the Council.


Subcommittees may be established by the parent committee with the approval of the Assistant Secretary or the CSAP Director. The advice/recommendations of a subcommittee must be deliberated by the parent committee. A subcommittee may not provide advice or work products directly to the agency. The HHS Committee Management Officer will be notified upon establishment of each subcommittee and will be provided information on its name, membership, function, and estimated frequency of meetings.


Meetings of the CSAP NAC and its subcommittees will be conducted according to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, other applicable laws, and Departmental policies. The records of the council and subcommittees shall be handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 6.2, Federal Advisory Committee Records, or other approved agency records disposition schedule. These records shall be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.

Filing Date

June 15, 2022


Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

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