Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board Bylaws

Sacramento County

Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board Bylaws

  Bylaws amended by Advisory Board: February 28, 2020
Adopted by the Board of Supervisors: April 7, 2020



The name of this board is the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board and will be referred to as the Advisory Board in the following bylaws.


The Advisory Board is established pursuant to the provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, Section 11964.5.


The mission of the Advisory Board is to promote a healthy community and reduce the harmful effects associated with alcohol and drug use.


Section A: Advisory Board Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Advisory Board are:

  1. Advise the Board of Supervisors, the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Administrator, and Alcohol and Drug Services on policies and goals of County alcohol and drug programs.
  2. Participate in the County-wide alcohol and drug program planning process.
  3. Provide recommendations regarding alcohol and drug program related matters referred by the Board of Supervisors, DHS, Alcohol and Drug Services, other County-funded agencies/departments, the Advisory Board members, and individuals.
  4. Review the scope of alcohol and drug programs in County-funded agencies/departments and the Sacramento community at large.
  5. Evaluate the community’s alcohol and drug program needs, services, facilities, and special programs.
  6. Encourage and educate the public to understand the nature and impact of alcohol and drug problems.
  7. Promote support throughout the County for the development and implementation of effective alcohol and drug programs.
  8. 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.

Section B: Disagreement with Administrators

In the event the County Alcohol and Drug Administrator, the Administrator of the Public Protection Agency, or other administrators responsible for the delivery of alcohol and drug programs and the Advisory Board disagree regarding the development or implementation of County alcohol and drug program plans, or any related matter, the Advisory Board may designate a representative to, or make a presentation before, the Board of Supervisors relating to the disagreement.

Section C: Minority Report

In the event there is a minority report or statement in disagreement with the Advisory Board majority, a member, representing the minority, may also be designated to present the minority viewpoint. In such event, the minority report must be in writing and be formally presented to the full Advisory Board prior to presentation to the Board of Supervisors. For purposes of this section, a minority shall consist of five members of the Advisory Board or one-third of the existing membership of the Advisory Board, whichever is greater.

Section D: Report to the Board of Supervisors

At any time, the Advisory Board may submit any comments regarding County-funded alcohol and drug programs to the Board of Supervisors.

Section E: Contract Authority

Neither the Advisory Board, nor any member thereof, has the authority or power to bind Sacramento County by any contract or engagement.


Section A: Member Appointment

The Board of Supervisors appoints all members of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board may make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for appointments. The Advisory Board may participate in the interview process for Advisory Board candidates.

Section B: Number of Members

The number of members appointed to the Advisory Board will be 20. Section C: Terms of Appointment
Members of the Advisory Board will be appointed for three-year terms with no more than one-third of the terms to expire each year. Three-year terms of appointment will run from January 1 of the first year to December 31 of the third year. The Board of Supervisors may reappoint members of the Advisory Board to additional three-year terms.

Section D: Representation

The Advisory Board membership shall reflect the demographics and diversity of the Sacramento community. Membership representation is as follows:

  1. At least twelve voting members shall represent the general public. Of these, five of the twelve shall have expertise in alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and/or recovery services.
  2. Up to eight voting members shall represent public services. These members shall represent their respective service domains, such as Child Welfare, Adult Services, Mental Health, Health (Public or Primary Care), Human Assistance, and/or Criminal Justice (Police, Sheriff, Probation, District Attorney, and Public Defender).

Section E: Qualification for Membership

The membership should be broadly representative of the demographic characteristics of the county community. Members representing public service agencies must be employees in Sacramento County. Members must have a professional interest in, or personal commitment to, alleviating problems related to use of alcohol and/or drugs in their communities. An applicant other than those specified in Section D cannot have a conflict of interest including board membership on a County-operated program or County-funded provider.

Section F: Vacancies

The Board of Supervisors fills vacancies for membership on the Advisory Board. Through the Chair, the Advisory Board may propose to the Board of Supervisors additional suggested guidelines for filling vacancies and/or nominees for appointment to the Advisory Board. All positions are open to anyone meeting the qualifications specified in Sections D and E above.


Section A: Regular Meetings

The Advisory Board meets monthly at a place to be designated in compliance with the Brown Act, inclusive of all amendments.

Public notification of regular meetings will be posted at least 72 hours prior to the meeting in compliance with the Brown Act. Items proposed for action at an Advisory Board meeting must be specified in the written notice and members must receive any materials pertaining to the action at least three days prior to the meeting.

Section B: Staff Support

The County Executive will designate staff to provide services to the Advisory Board and its committees.

Section C: Quorum

A quorum is no less than a simple majority of the total current appointed membership. Advisory Board actions may be taken by a majority of those voting. A roll call vote must be taken at the beginning of each meeting to confirm a quorum.

Section D: Convening Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Advisory Board may be convened by the Advisory Board Chair, or in the case of the Chair’s absence by either of the Vice Chairs, a majority of the Advisory Board members, the Alcohol and Drug Administrator, the County Executive, or the Board of Supervisors.

Written notice must be served at least 72 hours in advance and in compliance with the Brown Act. Only items included in the written notice may be discussed or considered.

Section E: Compensation

The members of the Advisory Board serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for any actual and necessary expenses in connection with their duties.

Section F: Open Meeting

All meetings of the Advisory Board are open to the public and are subject to the provisions of Chapter 9 (beginning with Section 54950) of Part 1, Division 2, Title 5 of the California Government Code relating to meetings of local agencies.


Section A: Designation

The officers of the Advisory Board include a Chair, First Vice-Chair, and Second Vice-Chair, each of whom must be a member of the Advisory Board.

Section B: Election of Officers

Election of officers will take place in January. The Membership Committee will solicit nominations and present a list of candidates at the second to the last meeting of each calendar year. The Advisory Board elects its officers during its first meeting of the calendar year. Additional nominations for officers may also be made by Advisory Board members at the election meeting. The term of office is to begin the first meeting of the calendar year.

Section C: Terms of Office

Officers serve for one year and may run for re-election at the annual election. The Chair may serve a maximum of two consecutive years. The Chair may serve more than two one-year consecutive terms after a break in service of one full term.

Section D: Presiding Officer

The Chair is the presiding officer at regular, Executive Committee, and special meetings of the Advisory Board. The Chair is an ex-officio member of all standing and ad hoc committees of the Advisory Board.

Section E: Officer Succession

In the absence of the Chair, the First Vice-Chair presides at regular, Executive Committee, and special meetings of the Advisory Board. The First Vice-Chair also serves on the Executive Committee, and in case of a vacancy in the office of Chair, automatically assumes this office until the next election of officers. In the event of the absence of both the Chair and the First Vice-Chair, the Second Vice-Chair presides at meetings of the Advisory Board. In the event all officers are absent, the Advisory Board members shall designate a member to act as temporary Chair, or a majority of Advisory Board members present will elect a temporary Chair.

Section F: Officer Vacancy

Should a vacancy occur in one or more officer positions, and after the required succession of officers has taken place, then a special election to fill the vacated positions will be held at the next regular meeting that a quorum is present. Such specially elected officers will fill the designated vacancies until the annual election during the first meeting of the calendar year, and are eligible for election into the offices they are filling, or into other offices, at that time.


Each Advisory Board member has one vote, which cannot be cast by proxy. In the event of a potential conflict of interest, affected members will not vote.


Section A: Purposes

To expedite and facilitate the business of the Advisory Board and the orderly and efficient consideration of matters coming before it, standing committees, and ad hoc committees as may from time-to-time for limited purposes be deemed necessary, are appointed by the Chair. Additional standing committees may be created by the formal action of the Advisory Board. 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.

Section B: Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is empowered to take action on items of an immediate nature that cannot be brought before the full board prior to need for action on such items. Any action of the Executive Committee will be noted on the agenda at the following Advisory Board meeting. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Advisory Board Officers, designated Committee Chairpersons, and one Advisory Board member representative to the Human Services Coordinating Council.

Section C: Budget Planning and Evaluation Committee

The Budget Planning 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 Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services staff. Specific provider contract recommendations are not the charge of the Budget Planning and Evaluation Committee. The Budget Planning and Evaluation Committee may conduct special studies and report its findings and recommendations to the Advisory Board.

Section D: Membership Committee

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, Section B. The Membership Committee is also charged with introducing new Advisory Board members.

Section E: Treatment Committee

The Treatment Committee acts as a liaison between the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services contract providers and the Advisory Board. The purpose of this liaison is to give an independent evaluation of providers and to establish a channel of communication between providers and the Advisory Board. The Treatment Committee works with Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services staff to ensure that a provider monitoring system is in place. The Treatment Committee may also develop an independent evaluation of the overall service delivery system, that may involve utilization review and quality assurance. The Treatment Committee acts as a resource for new Advisory Board members as to the types of services being provided by the County and contract providers.

Section F: Prevention and Education Committee

The Prevention and Education Committee assists in the development of goals and objectives for DHS Alcohol and Drug Services 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.

Section G: Criminal Justice Committee

The Criminal Justice Committee convenes to collaboratively address issues facing the justice system and its partners. The Criminal Justice Committee seeks to improve the administration of multisystem services to justice-involved individuals identified with behavioral health concerns while promoting public safety. The Criminal Justice Committee will also review and may make recommendations for substance use disorder related policies and procedures for justice-involved individuals.


A call to the Chair or Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services staff prior to the meeting constitutes an excused absence.

In the event that a member has three excused/unexcused absences annually from the Advisory Board meetings, the Advisory Board Chair, or designee, will initiate a letter to the member asking him/her to reaffirm in writing his/her intent to remain active. Failure to reaffirm within 30 days following the letter constitutes resignation from the Advisory Board.

Advisory Board members who have resigned due to failure to re-affirm shall be notified by letter of their termination from the Advisory Board. A date of termination will be specified in the letter.

The Board of Supervisors will be notified of resignations.

All members are required to participate on at least one committee. Committee Chairs shall keep an attendance record. Lack of participation on committees will be referred to the Executive Committee.


Any Advisory Board member may resign at any time by giving written notice, in a timely manner, to the Board of Supervisors through the Chair of the Advisory Board and Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services staff. Such resignation takes effect on the date of receipt of such notice or at any later date specified. The Board of Supervisors will be notified of all resignations.


Robert’s Rules of Order, governs all Advisory Board meetings except in instances of conflict between the rules of order and the bylaws of the Advisory Board, or provision of law.


Proposed amendments to the bylaws are to be mailed to Advisory Board members at least two weeks prior to the regular meeting. At that meeting, the proposed amendment will receive a first reading. A second reading, and necessary action, is taken at the next regular meeting. Amendments require a quorum with a two-thirds majority vote for approval. Once approved by the Advisory Board, the amended bylaws will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for approval.