Barta appointed to national board Senator Tom Daschle announced this week that Dr. Richard L. Barta of Vermillion has been appointed to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's National Advisory Board.
Daschle said Barta, who was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, will serve on the Board's Prevention Advisory Council and Treatment Advisory Council.
"Dr. Barta has dedicated 40 years of his professional career to helping individuals and families overcome addiction and repair their lives," Daschle said. "I believe that he has gained a great deal of expertise through his years of counseling and that he will be a valuable member of the Board."
Barta has been involved in the field of alcoholism prevention and treatment since 1960. He has served as the prevention coordinator for the South Dakota Division of Alcoholism and as the director of the State Division of Alcoholism. He was also a member of the South Dakota Attorney General's Task Force on Drugs and Violence, the East River Prevention Resource Center Council and Project Recovery, a flood disaster crisis counseling team. He is currently a consultant for Priority One Resources' Employee Assistant Program.
Barta graduated in 1984 from The University of South Dakota with an Ed.D in counseling, guidance and personnel services. He holds a master's degree in educational administration from Colorado State University.