About the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board

The mission of the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board is to promote a healthy community and reduce the harmful effects associated with alcohol and drug use.
Board Purpose and Objectives  
  • Advise the Board of Supervisors and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Alcohol and Drug Services Division on policies and goals of County alcohol and drug programs.
  • Participate in the county-wide alcohol and drug program planning process. 
  • Provide recommendations regarding alcohol and drug program related matters referred by the Board of Supervisors, the DHHS Alcohol and Drug Services Division, other County-funded agencies/departments, the Advisory Board members, and individuals.
  • Review the scope of alcohol and drug programs in County-funded agencies/departments and the Sacramento community at large.
  • Evaluate the community’s alcohol and drug program needs, services, facilities, and special programs. 
  • Encourage and educate the public to understand the nature and impact of alcohol and drug problems. 
  • Promote support throughout the County for the development and implementation of effective alcohol and drug programs. 
  • Ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the process leading to the formation and adoption of the County alcohol and drug program plans.
Individual Board members' responsibilities
Attendance: Regular attendance and participation at Board meetings and Committee meetings are essential to accomplish the goals set forth above. Two unexcused absences annually require the board member to respond to a letter reaffirming his or her intent to remain active on the board. Four absences in 12 months (excused or unexcused) require the board member to respond to a letter reaffirming his or her intent to remain active on the board. A call to the Chair or DHHS Alcohol and Drug Services Division staff prior to the meeting constitutes an excused absence.
Committee Participation: All Advisory Board members are required to participate on a minimum of one standing committee.  Members of an ad hoc committee are expected to adhere to the same attendance requirements as standing committees.
Site Visits: All members are required to make at least two site visits a year unless waived by the Advisory Board Chair.
Sub-Committees: The Planning, Budget, and Evaluation Committee provides the structure for an on-going needs assessment from which annual budget recommendations are categorically made. The development of this on-going needs assessment is done with the assistance of the DHHS Alcohol and Drug Services Division staff. Specific provider contract recommendations are not the charge of the Committee. The Committee may conduct special studies and report its findings and recommendations to the Advisory Board.
  • The Planning Budget and Evaluation Committee meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month. 
  • The Prevention and Education Committee assists in the development of goals and objectives for DHHS Alcohol and Drug Services Division programs and for county-funded agencies/departments providing community and school-based alcohol and drug prevention services. The Prevention and Education Committee also reviews the performance of alcohol and drug prevention services.
  • The Committee meets at 3:30 PM on the third Wednesday of each month at the Primary Care Center (Located at the corner of Stockton and Broadway) in the second floor community room (room 2020). Prevention service providers and the public are welcome to attend.
  • The Treatment Committee acts as a liaison between DHHS Alcohol and Drug Services Division Contract Providers and the Advisory Board. The Treatment Committees’ purpose is to establish a channel of communication and information gathering between the providers and the Advisory Board. The Treatment Committee works with the DHHS Alcohol and Drug Services Division, providers, and the community to identify treatment needs; to educate, and draft recommendations for Advisory Board consideration. The Treatment Committee will also provide ongoing interaction with the contracted providers to encourage active participation with the Advisory Board and its’ members. The Treatment Committee may take on additional activities upon request of the Board.  The Treatment Committee will participate in treatment provider site visits. The Committee meets at 5:30 PM on the second Thursday of each month at the Adult Services Building, 4875 Broadway Boulevard. Treatment service providers and the public are welcome to attend. 
  • The Membership Committee acts as an outreach arm for the Advisory Board to the community at large and to relevant organizations. A function of this Committee is to identify, interview, and recommend new Advisory Board members to the Board of Supervisors. Formal nomination and appointment of members to the Advisory Board is the responsibility of the Board of Supervisors.  The Membership Committee has the responsibility to conduct the election of officers as specified in Article VII, of the Advisory Board Bylaws. The Membership Committee is also charged with introducing new Advisory Board members. This Committee meets on an as needed basis. For more information contact the Membership Committee Chair (See the Board Roster).