by Max Brantley
Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed a new state drug director, Fran Flener of Batesville. Flener replaces Keith Rutledge.
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Governor Mike Beebe has named Fran Flener of Batesville as Arkansas Drug Director.
"With the increased growth and success of drug courts and other alternative-sentencing options, coordinating rehabilitation is now a more substantial component of the drug-director position," Beebe said. "Fran’s extensive leadership experience in drug-rehabilitation services and other health-care issues will help our State in fighting drug abuse and finding solutions without continually overcrowding our prisons."
Flener, 56, currently works as the Director of Program and Product Development for Health Resources of Arkansas, Inc. Among the company’s facilities is the Wilbur D. Mills Treatment Center, the largest stand-alone, drug-rehabilitation center in the State. In 1987, Flener was appointed to the Arkansas Health Services Commission where she served for 12 years, including nine years as chairperson. Prior to that, she spent five years as executive director for the Delta Hills Health System Agency, which provided health-planning services to 22 counties in North Central and Northeast Arkansas.
The Arkansas drug director is tasked with ensuring that alcohol-and-drug programs and policies are well-planned and coordinated. The position also entails working with the Department of Finance and Administration to ensure that grant funds are being properly spent by drug task forces throughout the State.