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HHS - 186 - Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameCenter for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number186
Original Establishment Date7/10/1992Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date6/15/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter6/15/2022Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Tracy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Goss
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 290aa1Designated Federal Officer Phone*(240) 276-0759
Effective Date Of Authority*7/10/1992Designated Federal Officer Fax*(240) 276-1690
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council (NAC) accomplishes its purpose through advising, consulting with, and making recommendations to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); and the Director, CSAT, concerning activities and policies related to CSAT's focus on responding to the service needs of Americans suffering from substance use disorders. The Council also accomplishes its purpose by providing the secondary level review of grant applications and cooperative agreements as required under Section 504(c)(2) of the Public Health Service Act and recommends for approval those applications that merit support. In FY 2020, the Council provided a second-level review for 324 funding announcements during 11 reviews conducted in the Electronic Council Book. To further accomplish its purpose, council members participated in one virtual meeting and one on-site NAC meeting. The meetings afforded members an opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions on a broad range of topics, including an overview of the Director's Report, budget, Agency and Center initiatives, nuances in the field, and policy changes. The March 2020 NAC meeting included a budget update, a DATA wavier update, a State Opioid Response update, a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant update, a discretionary portfolio update, and a Tip discussion 63, and a discussion on Technology Transfer Centers Program Peer Support. The September 2020 NAC meeting included an update on the divisions and offices in CSAT, a discussion on SAMHSA's Strategic Plan; a discussion on National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); a discussion on COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grants.
How is membership balanced?*The CSAT NAC shall consist of the following nonvoting ex officio members: the Secretary of HHS; the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA; the Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Assistant Secretary for Defense for Health Affairs (or the designates of such officers); the Chief Medical Officer, SAMHSA; the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); the Director of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); and such additional officers or employees of the United States as the Secretary determines necessary for the CSAT NAC to effectively carry out its functions; and not more than 12 members to be appointed by the Secretary. To ensure the Council is balanced, of the 12 appointed members, at least half will have a medical degree, a 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. 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 CSAT; and 3 members shall be from the general public and shall include leaders in fields of public policy, public relations, law, health policy economics, or management. All non-federal members shall serve as Special Government Employees. Appointments are made by scrutinizing the nominees' experience and expertise, equitable gender representation, race/ethnicity representation, and geographic distribution. All members participate fully in policy and program discussions, and grant and cooperative agreement reviews; each brings unique expertise and perspective.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council is mandated to meet not less than twice per fiscal year, and provide guidance to the Center regarding programmatic policies and priorities, and provide secondary review of applications received for grants and cooperative agreements.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Council is necessary because it has to provide advice on all aspects of SAMHSA/CSAT's activities relating to treatment services. The direction, balance, scope, and emphasis of advice received from the group of experts cannot be obtained from Center or SAMHSA staff or other established sources because the membership of the Council is constituted to meet specific requirements of the legislatively mandated mission of the Advisory Council and SAMHSA/CSAT. The Council is also responsible for conducting the second level of review for grant and cooperative agreement applications for services and demonstration projects.
Why close or partially close meetings?The closed portions of the Council meetings involved the review, discussion, and evaluation of grant applications and cooperative agreement applications. These applications and the related discussions could reveal personal and proprietary information exempt from mandatory disclosure under Title 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c)(4) and (6) and (c)(9)(B) and 5 U.S.C. App. 2, Section 10(d).
Recommendation RemarksNo Reports Required for FY 2020.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed324
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended324
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$1,544,448,060.00
Cost Savings CommentCouncil recommendations and suggestions may lead to savings over time. However, the savings may not be realized for years, and are difficult to determine.Grants Review CommentFor each grant program, the council concurred with the Initial Review Group recommendation.
Number Of Recommendations*89Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentBetween FY 1994 and FY 2020, the Council has had approximately 89 recommendations. For FY 2020, the Council met two times to discuss SAMHSA's strategic initiatives, SAMHSA's future direction, and the Council's role in advising SAMHSA on substance abuse treatment issues. Although there were no formal Council recommendations from FY 2020, members encouraged SAMHSA to continue educating medical providers, identifying and publicizing effective/innovative local practices, and using social media to educate the public, among others.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentDuring the life of the Council, approximately 75% of its recommendations have been fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentDuring the life of the Council, approximately 20% of its recommendations have been partially implemented, due to restrictions imposed by legislative/fiscal/programmatic concerns and/or superceding SAMHSA priorities.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Status reports on actions by SAMHSA on matters that have come before the Council are provided at Council meetings. After the CSAT Council passes a resolution and sends it to the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), it is SAMHSA's policy to ensure that a response to the Council is provided within a reasonable time frame. SAMHSA also provides feedback to the members with the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) periodically attending the NAC meetings and addressing the members, directly. Feedback is also provided in the Director's Report to the Council, and through presentations from staff within and outside SAMHSA. Minutes of the open session are prepared and circulated in draft to the members for clearance and approval at the next official meeting. To accomplish these goals, summaries of information may be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to Council members. Communications from SAMHSA/CSAT staff to Council members include issue papers, fact sheets, press releases, reports and other documents. SAMHSA ensures that Council members have direct access to its senior management and technical experts.Narrative Description*The SAMHSA/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council's function is to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to, the Secretary, HHS; the Sssistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); and the CSAT Director, concerning matters relating to the activities carried out by and through the Center and the policies respecting such activities. SAMHSA is directed by Congress to target substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. SAMHSA continues to demonstrate that - Behavioral Health is Essential to Health - Prevention Works - Treatment is Effective - People Recover. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation's health.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$18,800.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$35,200.00
Payments to Federal Members*$3,416.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$5,124.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$153,354.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$162,200.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$21,840.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$18,960.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$12,935.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$12,518.00
Total Costs$188,505.00Est. Total Next FY*$255,842.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.00
Cost RemarksNo costs associated for "Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members" in 2020 because both meetings were virtual.Est Cost Remarks
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Federal Employment
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Federal Government
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Juvenile Justice
Job Training
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036611Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2019
 COM-034815Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2018
 COM-001998Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2017
 COM-002342Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2016
 COM-004163Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2015
 COM-004447Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2014
 COM-006178Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2013
 COM-006723Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2012
 COM-008238Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2011
 COM-009036Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2010
 COM-010281Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2009
 COM-010848Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2008
 COM-011890Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2007
 COM-012575Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2006
 COM-013934Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2005
 COM-014740Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2004
 COM-015678Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2003
 COM-016761Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2002
 COM-017936Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2001
 COM-018494Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council2000
 COM-019597Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council1999
 COM-020323Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council1998
 COM-021420Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council1997