About Us

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) is a private, not-for-profit educational, scientific, and informational organization. The Association was originally incorporated in 1971 to serve State Drug Agency Directors, and then in 1978 the membership was expanded to include State Alcoholism Agency Directors.

NASADAD’s basic purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every State. The Board of Directors is composed of a President, First Vice President, Vice President for Treatment, Vice President for Internal Affairs, Vice President for Prevention, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as 10 regional representatives elected by the Association members in the region. The Washington, DC, office is headed by an Executive Director and includes divisions concerned with Research and Program Applications, Prevention Services, and Public Policy. The office is headquartered at 1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 605, Washington, DC 20036; telephone (202) 293-0090.

NASADAD serves as a focal point for the examination of alcohol and other drug related issues of common interest to both other national organizations and federal agencies. Among those federal agencies with which NASADAD has worked are the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Centers on Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention (CSAT and CSAP), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); the Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS); the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA);  the U.S. Department of Education (ED); the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); the Social Security Administration (SSA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); other executive branch agencies; the Congress; national associations; and individuals in their dealings with the States. NASADAD is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and does not engage in lobbying or electoral political activities.

As stated in its bylaws, NASADAD’s objectives are:

NASADAD is authorized by the Board of Directors to engage in any or all of the following activities: