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CSAP National Advisory Council

About CSAP National Advisory Council

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the Director of CSAP, concerning matters relating to the activities carried out by and through the Center and the policies respecting such activities.

About CSAP National Advisory Council

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council was established under Section 502 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 290aa-1). It was originally chartered on December 9, 1992 in accordance with P.L. 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2).

The Council advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), concerning matters relating to the activities carried out by and through the Center and the policies respecting such activities. The Advisory Council also reviews summary statements for applications submitted for grants and cooperative agreements for activities for which Advisory Council approval is required under section 504(c)(2) of the Public Health Service Act.

The Council may collect information on studies and services related to diseases, disorders or other aspects of human health with respect to the mission of SAMHSA and its Centers.

With the approval of the Assistant Secretary or Center Director, the Council may make information available through appropriate means for the benefit of public and private health entities, health professionals, scientists, and the general public.

Management and support services for the CSAP National Advisory Council are provided by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Council Charter

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

Council Roster

CAPT Christopher Jones, Pharm.D., Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Michelle McVay
Special Assistant to the Director
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Rockville, MD

David S. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, George Mason University, Celebration, Florida (Term ending 2024)
David Anderson, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development at George Mason University (Mason). He served on the faculty at Mason for 28 years, finishing his career there as Professor and Director, Center for the Advancement of Public Health. He served as project director and researcher on over 180 grants and contracts; these encompassed a range of national, state and local projects, and included needs assessments and evaluation, curriculum, research and program implementation. He conducts needs assessments; prepares evaluation and analysis; and assists with strategic planning. His work emphasizes college students, youth, school and community leaders, program planners, and policy makers. Specialty areas include drug/alcohol abuse prevention, strategic planning and mobilization, communication and education, health promotion, and needs assessment and evaluation. At Mason, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on drug and alcohol issues, community health, and health communications.

Philip D. Atkins, Ph.D., LICDC-CS, OCPC, Chief Care Coordination Officer, Harbor, Toledo, OH (Term ending 2027)
Dr. Philip Atkins received his Ph.D. in Human Services Administration from Capella University in 2014 and has a post-graduate certificate from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Mental Health Executive Leadership. He is a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor (LICDC-CS) and an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC), and serves on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDP), also serving as the OCDP’s hearing officer.  He has worked in behavioral health since 1988 and served as a clinician, prevention educator, administrator and consultant. He currently serves as the Chief Care Coordination Officer for Harbor, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.  Most recently, he was the Executive Director of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County (ADAMH). Dr. Atkins was also prevention services administrator for the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.  He coordinated and promoted the governor’s state-wide Start Talking! Campaign, and provided management for multiple allocations and grants for prevention and wellness grantees. He teaches at the doctoral level, focusing on human services, program evaluation, qualitative research and community-based research. He was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). He has extensive experience with behavioral health treatment and prevention services for adults, children and youth.

Cady Berkel, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor, REACH Institute, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (Term ending 2024)
Dr. Cady Berkel received her B.A. from the George Washington University and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Dr. Berkel focuses on reducing health disparities (including substance use, mental health, HIV and other STIs, and obesity) through research on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs. She studies the implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings, including healthcare and court systems. Her work evaluates implementation mechanisms that promote positive outcomes for programs delivered in community settings, through behavioral observations and machine learning. She also conducts basic research on risk (e.g., discrimination and poverty) and resilience (e.g., racial/ethnic socialization, identity, and cultural values) mechanisms associated with health disparities.

Tammy L. Collins, Ph.D., WVPSII, OCPC, Associate Director, Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery, Huntington, WV (Term ending 2027)
Tammy L. Collins, Ph.D., has more than 25 years of experience in translating research into practice and policy in the fields of behavioral health, justice, and education. She currently conducts applied research and education as Associate Director for the Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery and is an evaluation consultant for prevention and youth systems of care projects in Ohio. Her doctorate of philosophy in human development and family science with a cognate area of adolescent behavioral health risk and protective factors was earned from The Ohio State University. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism/public relations from Marshall University. Dr. Collins has led administrative and applied research teams at Ohio and WV state agencies including being Deputy Director at the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Senior Research Analyst at the WV Supreme Court of Appeals, and Policy and Planning Coordinator at WV Division of Criminal Justice Services; as well as leading research and evaluation teams at The Ohio State University and Marshall University. Dr. Collins has served as a subject matter expert for national, state, and local prevention, youth and community development, and applied research projects. She is credentialed in prevention in both WV (Prevention Specialist II) and Ohio (Certified Prevention Consultant).

Curtis Hanock, Coalition Coordinator, Douglas County Healthy Youth Coalition, Highlands Ranch, CO (Term ending 2027)
Curtis Hanock currently serves as coordinator for the Douglas County Healthy Youth Coalition.  He has over 25 years of community mobilization and youth public health experience at the local, state, and federal levels.  His work has focused primarily on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.  In these roles, Mr. Hanock has amassed extensive experience in working with urban, rural, and frontier communities in Arizona, Missouri, and Colorado.  Through this experience, he has developed expertise in coaching communities at the national and local levels to tackle challenging population level problems through comprehensive, collaborative, and sustainable efforts. His national experience and recognition was accomplished while serving as Program Manager for the National Guard Counter-drug Civil Operation program.  This national program provided trained military and civilian professionals in support of state/local substance abuse prevention efforts in 54 states and territories.  In this role, Mr. Hanock coordinated the training, professional development and coaching of over 100 Civil Operators and their communities.  Before accepting the position as the Douglas County Healthy Youth Coalition coordinator, Mr. Hanock served as a prevention specialist/project coordinator at the Colorado Department of Human Services/Office of Behavioral Health, where he oversaw over 25 community grantees focused on reducing the impact of substance misuse.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and is a certified prevention professional.

Jim Kooler, Dr.P.H., Administrator, Friday Night Live Partnership, Visalia, CA (Term ending 2024)
Jim Kooler, Dr.P.H. serves as the Assistant Deputy Director of Behavioral Health at the CA Dept. of Health Care Services. In this role he is responsible for leading the policy efforts to see that youth receive the behavioral health services they need. He previously served as the Administrator for the California Friday Night Live Partnership and the California Center for Youth Development and Health Promotion. He has designed and implemented effective alcohol and other drug prevention and youth development programs at the County and State level for over 36 years. He helped to pioneer the Friday Night Live (FNL), Club Live (CL), FNL Kids, and FNL Mentoring programs. He helped create the Betting On Our Future (BOOF) problem gambling prevention program. He champions youth development in multiple settings and was responsible for developing the Quality Assurance Standards for the California Mentor Initiative and the California Governor’s Mentoring Partnership.

Sally Manninen, M.A., Director of Community Health, York Hospital, York, ME (Term ending 2024)
Sally Manninen has 20+ years in education and substance use prevention and 11 years’ experience working with community partners in southern Maine on a full continuum of substance use prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery projects. She is Director of the Community Health team at York Hospital, a small non-profit hospital serving southern York County Maine. She has worked at York Hospital since 2008, becoming the Coalition and Community Health Director in 2017.

Ms. Manninen is an experienced Prevention Specialist, trainer and grant writer. She spent ten years in the public health system of Massachusetts, providing training and technical assistant to community coalitions across the northeast region. She has written several successful SAMHSA grants and served as a reviewer of both Drug Free Communities and Partnerships for Success grants. She also helped write a Maine Health Access Foundation grant for York Hospital that has provided $150,000 to help create a new medication assisted treatment program for people with opioid use disorder.

Sarah Mariani, CPP, Section Manager, Washington State Healthcare Authority, Olympia, WA (Term ending 2024)
Sarah Mariani currently is the Section Manager overseeing substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion services for the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Sarah has a strong commitment to serving youth and families in high need communities in all of the Section programs and initiatives. Currently, she focuses on policy development and strategic planning to ensure effective service delivery and outcomes. Sarah is the co-chair for the State Prevention Enhancement Policy Consortium that oversees the state’s five-year Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Mental Health Promotion. Additionally, in this role she also serves as Washington State’s National Prevention Network representative and is the NPN President.

Sarah obtained her Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Seattle University followed by a year of AmeriCorps working in schools and with families. Sarah continued her work as a community organizer in building healthier communities working throughout Snohomish County, WA. Prior to joining the state, she was the Executive Director for the county program to prevent youth violence and substance abuse. Sarah has worked in prevention for over twenty years including coalition-building, strategic planning, and training. Sarah began working for the State of Washington in 2006 and has contributed to the development of multiple substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion initiatives for the state. Including development of the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative model and as part of her work to support workforce development, Sarah created the first of its kind, Washington State online professional development platform which includes interactive content as well as online courses for the prevention professionals in the state.

Sherrine Peyton, B.S., Principal Consultant, Peyton Consulting, LLC., Schaumberg, IL (Term ending 2027)
Sherrine Peyton, brings over 25 years of expertise in social services, specializing in community organizing, strategic planning, and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. With a profound background in collaborating with communities, states, tribes, coalitions, and organizations, she addresses substance use and intersects public health issues such as behavioral health, teen pregnancy, high-risk sexual behaviors, violence, gender and bias-based violence, and bullying.

Peyton's commitment lies in addressing the root causes of social determinants of health within Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities. As the principal consultant at Peyton Consulting, LLC, she offers culturally relevant and community-inclusive training, presentations, and strategic planning. Holding a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University, Peyton is also a founder of the award-winning Communities for Positive Youth Development Coalition (CPYD), recognized as a CADCA Blue Ribbon Coalition and a Coalition of the Year winner in 2023.

Monica S. Ruiz, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor, The George Washington University, Washington, DC (Term ending 2024)
Monica S. Ruiz, Ph.D., MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University (GWU). She has focused most of her career on prevention research among marginalized populations (such as people who inject drugs [PWID]) that are at greatest risk of HIV infection. She has expertise in clinical HIV prevention research for PWID in the United States and abroad. Dr. Ruiz also has policy experience: as Acting Director for Public Policy at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, she provided legislative education to Congressional staff on the effectiveness of syringe access programs for HIV prevention and engaged in advocacy for the removal of the syringe exchange funding restriction language in HR 2764.

As the PI for the original project (1 R01 DA031649-01; Impact Evaluation of a Policy Intervention for HIV Prevention in Washington, D.C.), Dr. Ruiz led her research team to the successful completion of a quantitative and qualitative analyses of policy change for syringe access in D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia. She and her team have numerous published papers in peer-reviewed journals; they have presented their findings at both domestic and international conferences. Her findings regarding the impact of policy change on HIV infections in D.C. gained national media coverage, including an interview on National Public Radio and widespread newspaper coverage (e.g., Washington Post, Huffington Post, and USA Today).

The Honorable Xavier Becerra
Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

Miriam Delphin-Rittmon
Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use
Substance Use and Mental Health Service Administration
Rockville, MD

Ralph W. Hingson, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Rockville, MD

Wilson Compton, M.D., M.P.E.
Deputy Director
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD

Nomination for Membership

Nomination for Membership

The CSAP NAC membership includes individuals who represent legislatively mandated categories and serve 4-year terms. The criteria to be considered for membership is described in the CSAP NAC Charter, under the section ‘Membership and Designation’. CSAP NAC accepts nominations on a rolling basis and will keep nomination information on file for consideration to fill any vacancies that may occur for up to 3 years. Interested persons who meet the membership criteria can send their CV/resume with a brief statement of intent, to the SAMHSA National Advisory Councils Resource Mailbox, with subject line “CSAP NAC Nomination” to:

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