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State Youth Substance Abuse Coordinators Committee (SYSACC)

State Youth Substance Abuse Coordinators Committee (SYSACC) is a special interest section that will be called the Youth Coordinators.  The members of the Youth Coordinators will be designated representatives from State agencies responsible for funding and oversight of youth substance abuse services.

Adolescents and young adults constitute more than 25 percent of the admissions to the public substance abuse treatment system, according to the SAMHSA Treatment Episode Data Set.  This population presents distinct psychological and developmental characteristics from the “adults” who constitute the vast majority of the treatment population.

National Prevention Network

The National Prevention Network (NPN) is an organization of State alcohol and other drug abuse prevention representatives that provides a national advocacy and communication system for prevention. State prevention representatives work with their respective State Agency Directors to ensure effective alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention services in each State.


The NPN believes that prevention is a complex process requiring more than a singular strategy or approach. A wide range of factors contributes to alcohol and other drug problems, and their prevention is based on the understanding that these factors vary among individuals, geographic regions, age groups, racial/ethnic groups, and gender groups. Effective prevention is a systemic responsibility involving local, State, and National agencies, organizations, and groups. The NPN provides leadership, coordination, and communication to its member States and to the prevention field in general. The NPN uses its leadership role to promote high-quality prevention services through:

  • Communication among States to increase awareness and availability of effective and innovative prevention strategies;
  • Advocacy at National, State, and regional levels for prevention services;
  • Development of recommendations and policy guidelines to enhance State use of prevention resources;
  • Involvement of prevention professionals nationwide as associate members;
  • Leadership of national campaigns to mobilize cooperation around national efforts.


The NPN has established committees on the following topics:

  • Workforce Development
  • Research & Evaluation
  • Branding & Communications


2011 Annual Meeting Presentations

2011 Annual Meeting Presentations

Tuesday, June 7, 2011:

Learning Collaborative: Medicaid and Substance Abuse Services

SAMHSA, States and the Tribal Law and Order Act (Dennis O. Romero, Director, Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse/CSAP/SAMHSA)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011:

The New Financial Landscape

Luncheon on Substance Abuse Workforce

Systems Coordination

Current State of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

NASADAD/CSAP Leadership Summit

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Progress and Priorities: Ms. Pam Hyde, Administrator, SAMHSA

Key Initiatives in Prevention

Capturing Quality: An Update on Data


(Note: Page in Progress)

Contact Us

NASADAD is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 19th and 20th Streets, in the heart of Washington D.C., NW. Our offices are conveniently located one block away from the Farragut West Metro stop (Blue/Orange/Silver Lines), three blocks from the Farragut North Metro station (Red Line), and just a few blocks west of the White House. There is metered on-street parking (limit two hours) and there are several parking garages (about $15.00 per day) within walking distance of NASADAD.

Telephone: (202) 293-0090
Fax: (202) 293-1250
Postal address: 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite M-250, Washington, DC 20006

General Information:

Please go to Staff Directory for individual staff member listings.


NASADAD staff members can be reached via e-mail and phone:

Telephone number: (202) 293-0090

Office of the Executive Director

Robert Morrison

Executive Director and Director Legislative Affairs

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Robert Morrison first came to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) in 1998 when he worked on legislative and regulatory affairs as Public Policy Associate. Robert then broadened his health care portfolio by serving as Associate Director of Government Relations at Smith, Bucklin and Associates from 1999 to 2001 where he directed government affairs programs for a variety of organizations, including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Robert returned to NASADAD in 2001 as Director of Public Policy and went on to become Deputy Executive Director; Interim Executive Director; and, in 2009, Executive Director. Robert began his career working for the late U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ) for approximately four years, spending his last two years as a Legislative Aide. In 2013, Robert re-assumed the lead for the Association’s legislative and regulatory affairs program – returning to the type of work that originally brought him to NASADAD. Robert graduated from Drew University in New Jersey with a B.A. in Political Science and completed graduate work in American Government at the Johns Hopkins University.

Shalini Wickramatilake

Federal Affairs Manager

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Currently Federal Affairs Manager, Shalini Wickramatilake-Templeman first came to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) as a Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Prevention Fellow in 2013. She then joined NASADAD’s Research and Program Applications Department as liaison to the Women's Services Network and the State Youth Substance Abuse Coordinators Committee. In prior positions, she served as a research coordinator at Boston Medical Center, case manager at a residential treatment program, and program coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Shalini earned her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health with a focus on Health Policy and Management there. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University.

Fachon James-Simpson

Member Services Coordinator/Meeting Planner

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Fachon Simpson is currently a Membership Services Coordinator/Meeting Planner at NASADAD. She has performed a wide-range of executive/administrative duties for the Executive Director/Director of Legislative Affairs, Deputy Executive Director/ Research and Program Applications, and Director of Finance for over 10 years. Fachon provides services for planning and staging the membership’s Annual/Board Meetings and all other NASADAD meetings. She is responsible for hotel contracts, meeting rooms set-up, meeting logistics, arranging exhibitors, travel, lodging, audio/visual equipment set-up, registration and development and distribution of meeting materials.  Ms. Simpson is also responsible for scheduling conference calls and meetings, responding to membership requests for technical assistance, disseminating information via e-mail and fax, and the staging of meetings.

Ms. Simpson also performs various tasks within NASADAD’s Department of Finance. Her duties include preparing invoices and purchase orders; collecting membership dues; developing spreadsheets and inputting data; and tracking membership funds.

Emily Diehl

Public Policy Associate

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Emily Diehl is a graduate of Georgetown University with a B.S. in Healthcare Management and Policy. She came to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors as an intern in January of 2019 and now serves as a Public Policy Associate with the organization. Before arriving at NASADAD, Emily spent four years as a Patient Care Coordinator in a residential treatment facility in California and is a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Her knowledge of the substance use field and passion for helping others led her to Washington D.C., in order to promote effective addiction-related policies.

Financial and Management Information Systems

Hollis McMullen

Director of Finance

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Yong Liu

Accounting Manager

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Research and Program Applications

Melanie Whitter

Research and Program Applications

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Melanie Whitter is the Director of Research and Program Applications for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD). In this role, she facilitates the translation of research and knowledge into state practice, sharing state evidence-based and best practices across the nation, and identifying state problems and issues that merit further study and research; provides technical assistance to the NASADAD membership; and coordinates and facilitates timely information exchange to the States concerning policies, programs and practices in the substance use disorder field. Prior to her role at NASADAD, she held the position of Principal Associate and led Abt Associate’s Behavioral Health Practice. She has also held the position of Single State Authority for alcohol and other drug services for the State of Illinois and served on the NASADAD Board of Directors, as the Vice-President for Treatment, and as a Regional Director.  She is a member and served on the Board of the College for Behavioral Health Leadership.  Over her career, she has been recognized for her commitment to advancing system change by building workforce and infrastructure capacity, creating and sustaining partnerships, and emphasizing research and evaluation.


Doug Fuller, PhD

Associate Director of Research and Program Applications

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Douglas Fuller, Ph.D., joined NASADAD in May 2020.  He currently works as the National Treatment Network Team Leader and the Opioid Treatment Network Team Leader, as well as leads other technical assistance and research projects.  His experience includes serving as a senior health researcher with over 18 years of experience focused on HIV/AIDS, substance use/disorders, criminal justice, and veteran wellness. Dr. Fuller brings expertise in strategic planning, contract management and acquisition, project budget monitoring, collaborative engagement, technical assistance, and diversity initiatives.  He provides deep subject matter expertise in primary and secondary data for patient reported outcomes, clinician reported outcomes, HIV and hepatitis testing, and access to care for historically vulnerable and underserved populations. He received his doctorate in sociology from Howard University in 2005.

Tracy Tlumac Flinn

AOD Senior Research Analyst

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Tracy Flinn, Ed.D., joined NASADAD in September 2013 as a Senior Research Analyst primarily working with the State and Territory Prevention Directors. In this role, Dr. Flinn provides and arranges for technical assistance to state and territorial substance use prevention directors; coordinates topic calls and webinars; develops fact sheets and other resources; coordinates the annual National Prevention Research Conference and Prevention Leadership Summits; and oversees and manages day-to-day project implementation.

Dr. Flinn has over 20 years of experience working in prevention at the national, state, and local levels, and is a senior expert in substance use prevention strategies, project management, training and technical assistance, and alcohol and drug research, trends, and policies. She was previously the Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. Dr. Flinn also directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded “A Matter of Degree” coalition at the University of Delaware, where she implemented environmental prevention strategies to reduce alcohol and other drug problems among students and established a statewide prevention coalition of colleges and universities. She received her doctorate in higher education administration and educational leadership from the University of Delaware in 2007.

Lauren Caton

AOD Research Analyst

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Lauren Caton is a Research Analyst for the Women’s Services Network (WSN) and State Youth Coordinators. She previously conducted research at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco (UCSF) on topics ranging from opioid use disorder treatment expansion to adolescent reproductive health. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from UC Berkeley in maternal, adolescent, and child health. She graduated from UT Austin in 2016 with a B.S. in nutritional sciences & toxicology.

Jose Silva

Research Analyst

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Mr. Silva is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a dual master’s degree in public health and social work. Before arriving at NASADAD, Jose was an Education/Employment Specialist in the Behavioral Healthcare Division of the Arlington County Department of Human Services, and spent time as a Trauma Survivors Network Fellow with the Allegheny Health Network.

Claire Gray

Research Analyst

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Claire Gray supports various technical assistance and research projects at NASADAD. She previously supported the Prevention and Treatment Learning Communities as a Research Associate. Before coming to NASADAD she worked with a community coalition in Baltimore, supporting environmental strategies for substance use prevention. Claire received a B.A. in Public Health and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability from Johns Hopkins University.

Caroline Halsted

AOD Research Associate

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Caroline Halsted works with the opioid treatment, youth and women’s learning communities at NASADAD. She previously worked for the Illinois Governor’s Federal Affairs Office and participated in the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s summer research internship program. Caroline holds a B.S. in Community Health with a concentration in health planning and administration and a minor in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Yasmine Allen

Research Associate

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Yasmine Allen joined NASADAD on January 5, 2021, as an AOD Research Associate.  Yasmine currently supports various technical assistance and research projects related to state programs in prevention, treatment, and recovery. Before joining NASADAD, Yasmine was a NOAA Cooperative Science Center for Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology (NCAS-M) research fellow, where she conducted research projects on disaster response and recovery impacting ethnic minorities in the US and Taiwan. Yasmine also pursued global research projects in sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence in South Africa, Tanzania, and Ghana. Additionally, Yasmine has research experience on racial and gender inequalities and their overlap with global and public health issues. Yasmine is a recent graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Sociology.

Emma Neller

Research Associate

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Emma Neller is a Research Associate who works with the National Prevention and Treatment Networks and supports the state Prevention and Treatment Coordinators. Before coming to NASADAD she held a fellowship position working with the Washington State Health Care Authority, where she supported substance use disorder prevention services throughout Washington State. Emma received a B.A. in Public Health-Global Health from the University of Washington.


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.

NASADAD Activities

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

  • To represent member States on Association policies and issues before Congress, Executive Branch, governmental, and allied organizations as directed by the Board of Directors;
  • To promote, plan, develop, expand, and utilize educational materials and scientific activities within the fields;
  • To coordinate and facilitate timely information exchange to the States concerning policies of various constituencies with the alcohol, other drug abuse, and related field;
  • To respond to appropriate requests for contracts, grants and other funding opportunities that will facilitate the Association carrying out its goals of serving States; and
  • To establish and secure adequate resources to accomplish all goals and objectives outlined in the annual program of work or otherwise directed by the Board of Directors.

NASADAD Objectives

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

  • To facilitate the translation of research and knowledge into practice and identifies problems and issues that merit further study and research;
  • To foster communication and collaboration with other organizations and national associations that interface with issues of substance abuse;
  • To promote training within the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment as well as cross-training in other systems;
  • To provide technical assistance to its membership;
  • To promote the establishment of national standards for quality assurance, outcomes, and performance;
  • To shape public policy positions that advance the provision of effective prevention and treatment services and increase funding for same; and
  • To maintain a stable base of funding to ensure continued long-term financial viability.

NASADAD Collaborations

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. Federal agencies and organizations with which NASADAD has worked include:

  • Army National Guard
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
  • Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS)
  • Center for Prevention Methodology and Implementation
  • International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)
  • National Association for State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
  • National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Technical Assistance Center
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • 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)
  • Society for Prevention Research (SPR)
  • U.S. Department of Education (ED)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)


NASADAD is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and does not engage in lobbying or electoral political activities.


NASADAD Strategic Framework



Annual Meeting

2020 SAMHSA & NASADAD Annual Meetings

2020 Annual Meeting, July 13, 15, and 17, 2020

2019 CSAT/CSAP Annual Meeting & NASADAD Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD, June 4-6

2018 NASADAD/CSAT/CSAP Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD, May 21-24

2017 NASADAD/NPN/NTN/WSN Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, May 23-26

2016 NASADAD/NPN/NTN/WSN Annual Meeting

2016 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, June 8-10

NASADAD/NPN/NTN Annual Meeting Archives

2015 Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, June 1-3


2014 Annual Meeting, Omaha, NE


2013 Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD


2012 Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA


2011 Annual Meeting: Indianapolis, IN, “Racing to the Future: Embracing Quality and Improving Performance”


2010 Annual Meeting: Norfolk, VA,Fostering Success in an Evolving Health Care Environment”


2009 Annual Meeting: Syracuse, NY, “Managing and Leading Through Challenging Fiscal Times: Opportunities for Innovation”


2008 Annual Meeting: Montgomery, AL, “Prevention and Treatment Services in Support of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care”

HIV Coordinators

The HIV Coordinators were organized under the SAMHSA/CSAT State Collaborative Activities Grant to NASADAD. HIV Coordinators are assigned by the NASADAD member to manage the SAPT Block Grant activities regarding the HIV set-aside. This funding requires that designated States utilize a portion of SAPT Block Grant funds for Early Intervention Counseling and Testing. NASADAD hosts quarterly conference calls with the HIV Coordinators in selected States and SAMHSA staff to give the HIV Coordinators a chance to exchange information with SAMHSA, receiving updates about Federal initiatives and guidance on issues and questions. The calls also allow participants to hear from national and State speakers on innovative practices and services that address special populations.