Frances M. Harding
Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
Frances M. Harding is currently the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention for the last 10 years. She is the lead for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Initiative on Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. Director Harding is SAMHSA’s liaison for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and represents SAMHSA on several interagency efforts to prevent underage drinking, prescription drug misuse, various synthetics drugs, and marijuana use among youth and young adults, Director Harding collaborates with SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Center for Mental Health Services on program and policy issues related to the connection between substance abuse prevention, treatment and mental health services.
Prior to federal service, Director Harding worked for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) during her tenure she served in several levels of government including Associate Commissioner of the Division of Prevention and Recovery at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, where she was responsible for the development of policy and guidelines for alcohol and drug abuse and gambling prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
Director Harding has held numerous national positions, including serving as president of the National Prevention Network, an organization representing the alcohol and drug abuse prevention offices in all 50 states, and as New York State’s representative to the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. In 2004, she became the first non-researcher to receive the prestigious Science to Practice Award from the International Society for Prevention Research.