Welcome to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs


The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs is organized into four divisions and eight offices.  The Department does not have any boards or commissions.

Program Services Division (PSD)

PSD is responsible for policy development and monitoring of comprehensive statewide prevention and treatment systems and recovery programs to prevent, reduce and treat AOD problems. PSD consists of Treatment Services, Prevention Services, and the California Access to Recovery Effort (CARE).

Treatment Services
The mission of the Program Services Division—Treatment (PSD Treatment) is to provide collaborative leadership that promotes innovative and effective treatment program services and utilizes outcome data to enhance and improve AOD treatment services that will lead to continuous quality improvement. PSD Treatment is comprised of the following components:

Office of Women's and Perinatal Services

The Office of Women's and Perinatal Services (OWPS) oversees a statewide network of approximately 300 publicly-funded perinatal alcohol and drug treatment programs that annually serve over 38,000 pregnant and parenting women.

ADP expanded the previous Office of Perinatal Substance Abuse (OPSA) as the beginning of many enhancements to improve alcohol and other drug (AOD) services for women of all ages, their children, and their families. Our efforts to assist all women are guided by the following principles:


All women have access to participant/client-centered, comprehensive, gender-responsive alcohol and other drug services.


Develop, implement, disseminate and evaluate effective alcohol and other drug programs for women of all ages.

  • Programs empower women to achieve and maintain clean and sober living, deliver healthy infants, strengthen family units, and lead productive lives.
  • Services are based on individual needs and demographics, designed to be gender- specific and culturally relevant, and include the following treatment modalities:
    • Outpatient Drug-Free
    • Daycare Rehabilitative
    • Residential
    • Narcotic Replacement Therapy
    • Transitional Living Centers
    • Alcohol and Drug-Free Housing
  • Program components include:
    • A Core Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program
    • Women-Specific Issues
    • Comprehensive Case Management
    • Cooperative Child Care
    • Transportation
    • Parenting Skills-Building
    • Health Education
    • Child Development Education
    • Linkages to Medical and HIV/TB Testing and Counseling, Education, Vocation, and Other Services

Performance Management Branch

This branch is dedicated to insuring the compliance to the federal National Outcomes Measures by assessing county and statewide outcome measures.  Staff provides technical assistance to California counties to help continuously improve availability and access to alcohol and drug treatment services.  This branch is also responsible for co-occurring disorders statewide activities.

Fiscal Management and Accountability Branch
This branch provides assistance to counties and providers on compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations for the use of allocated funds for alcohol and other drug (AOD) services.  The section enables ADP to monitor county and provider compliance by budget and cost information that is used to determine the payment amounts to the counties, assist in developing Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) rates, track funds, report information required in the SAPT Block grant application, and project the fiscal impact of program changes.

Program and Fiscal Policy Branch

ADP administers approximately $613 million of public funds for local assistance through the annual Budget Act, and this branch is responsible for developing the statewide allocation and providing fiscal information on the impact of departmental policies and projects.  The branch develops and interprets regulations, policies, and procedures affecting AOD stakeholders and clients of AOD treatment services; analyzes legislation and responds to inquiries from the Governor’s Office and the Legislature.  The section is responsible for projects related to the provision of Drug Medi-Cal services and Perinatal Services Network.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

ADP’s HIPAA Compliance Project (HCP) was established to implement changes to meet HIPAA requirements.  HCP coordinates with the California Office of HIPAA Implementation, the oversight body for all State programs affected by HIPAA.  HCP has developed policies that meet HIPAA requirements and is in the process of developing procedures to insure that California’s AOD programs comply with federal confidentiality regulations. 
PSD-Treatment is responsible for the Screening, Briefing Intervention, Referral and Treatment (CASBIRT) Grant and is also actively involved in other high priority activities that impact the substance abuse field, including the following:

  • Responsibility for the implementation of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program as it relates to substance abuse, specifically with Indian Health Clinics;
  • Administration of the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant;
  • Administration of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
  • Administration of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
  • Administration of the Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) Program;
  • Liaison with the State Department of Mental Health to jointly sponsor a Co-Occurring Disorders Work Group;
  • Administration and oversight of the statewide Perinatal Services Network; and
  • Implementation and administration of Youth Treatment Services.
  • Monitor and provide technical assistance to programs and counties to ensure compliance with laws, regulations and contracts governing AOD services.

To promote improvements that will shape the future of the AOD service delivery system, PSD-Treatment Services is also engaged as the lead in redesigning the existing system of care to focus on performance outcomes.  This project, the Continuum of Services System Re-Engineering (COSSR), is being carried out in cooperation with county governments and stakeholders in both the public and private sectors.  This new system of care will be responsive to individual client needs, measure performance outcomes, and result in improved data collection and accountability.

Prevention Services

PSD Prevention Services’ overarching goal is to develop and maintain a comprehensive statewide prevention system to prevent and reduce AOD problems, and to improve the health and safety of the citizens of California by:

  • Modifying social and economic norms, conditions, and adverse consequences resulting from ATOD availability, manufacturing, distribution, promotion, sales, and use; and
  • Effectively addressing at-risk and underserved populations and their environments.

Major areas of responsibility for Prevention include:

  • the Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council (GPAC), which coordinates the State’s strategic efforts to achieve measurable reductions in the incidence and prevalence of the inappropriate use of alcohol and other drugs by youth and adults; 
  • California National Guard Drug Demand Reduction Team - As of January 2007, the California National Guard’s Counter Drug Task Force Drug Demand Reduction (CDTF DDR) team has devoted a full-time asset to ADP. 
    Capt. Jonathan Shiroma is specifically tasked to support ADP prevention programs and is currently involved in:
  • the Governor’s portion of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) Program, which is the Federal government’s primary vehicle for reducing drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and violence, through education and prevention activities in the nation’s schools and communities;
  • the State Incentive Grant, a three-year, $12 million cooperative agreement to implement evidence-based prevention programs and services, including community-based prevention programs, to use environmental approaches to reduce binge drinking among California’s nearly 6.2 million youth and young adults, ages 12 – 25 and the impact of their binge drinking on communities;
  • The State Interagency Team for Children and Families (SIT) coordinates policy, services and strategies among government agencies and departments that serve California’s families and youth.  Comprised of deputy directors from 10 state agencies and departments, this group provides innovative leadership and guidance to facilitate local implementation of system improvements.  ADP is a member of the SIT and leads the SIT Alcohol and Other Drug Work Group. 
  • The Prevention Activities Data System collects primary prevention data from AOD abuse prevention providers throughout California to assure accountability for federal primary prevention funding;
  • Leading the California prevention system to use National Outcome Measures (NOMs);
  • Tobacco Sales to Minors (The Synar Amendment), which requires states to pass and enforce laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to individuals under 18 years of age, or face the loss of up to 40% of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funds ($100 million annually);
  • The Resource Center at ADP maintains a comprehensive collection of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention and treatment information.  This information is provided to Californians at no-cost through a Clearinghouse, a full-service library, Internet links, and a telephone information and referral system. 
  • Providing technical assistance to AOD programs that work with counties, providers, and special populations such as ethnic minorities, youth, elderly, and the disabled.
  • The Governor’s Mentoring Partnership (GMP) was developed in 1995 by Executive Order W-132-96.  GMP supports mentoring growth, statewide program development coordination and policy definition, working directly with the Governor’s Office;

Interagency collaboration and coordination with other state departments on prevention issues are also a main focus to ensure alcohol and other drug problems are appropriately addressed.

Licensing and Certification Division

The Licensing and Certification Division (LCD) is responsible for assuring that quality services are provided to program participants in a safe and healthful environment through the licensure, certification, regulation, and oversight of a statewide system of alcohol and other drug recovery and treatment facilities and programs. The Division is comprised of three branches as follows: 

Field Operations Branch

The Field Operations Branch performs all field work necessary for the licensure and certification (and all related renewal activities and site visits) for Residential and Outpatient AOD services and for Narcotic Treatment Programs.

Field visits include the monitoring of 1,051 adult, non-medical, residential alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities, the voluntary certification of 1,501 nonresidential programs, the Drug Medi-Cal certification of 978 clinics, and certification of group homes licensed by the Department of Social Services that provide AOD treatment services to adolescents.  In addition the field operations unit is responsible for the licensing and field monitoring of 148 narcotic treatment programs (NTPs).

Program Compliance Branch

Program Complaints Unit

The Program Complaints Unit investigates complaints received by the Department regarding licensed or certified programs.  Complaints may be received from program clients, program staff, local governmental agencies, and the general public. 

Drug Medi-Cal Unit

The Drug Medi-Cal Unit reviews applications and conducts onsite visits for certification of substance abuse programs to receive reimbursement for AOD services provided to individuals who are eligible for Medi-Cal.  As part of the certification process, this unit provides training on DMC requirements.  This unit also conducts Post Service Post Payment Reviews of a Drug Medi-Cal service after it is provided to ensure appropriate service provision and billing.

Counselor Certification Unit

The Counselor Certification Unit investigates complaints received by the Department specific to inappropriate conduct by counselors and registrants.

Policy and Support Branch

The Policy and Support Branch is responsible for division planning and policy development and administrative support for the division.

Policy and Planning Unit

The Policy and Planning Unit is responsible for the development of regulations, bill analyses, legislative proposals, budget concept papers, budget change proposals, legal services requests, trailer and policy bill language, research, decision papers, issue memos and correspondence.  The Division relies heavily on the input from internal and external stakeholders in the development of policy, procedures and regulations, and oversees numerous advisory workgroups.  As such, this unit is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of all division advisory groups and committees.

Program Support Unit

The Program Support Unit provides day-to-day administrative duties and support functions such as processing of licensing and certification applications, contracts, personnel activities (hiring, RPAs, RHAs, etc), data entry, and clerical support for the Division.

Division of Administration

The Division of Administration is responsible for maintaining and enhancing a strong business environment in support of the Department’s mission and goals.  The Division’s mission is to provide excellent customer service by providing accurate and timely financial, administrative, and audit services in support of the Department’s programmatic goals and objectives.

The Division accomplishes its goals through three branches:

  • Audit Services Branch, which is responsible for ensuring county and provider compliance with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines, as related to Drug Medi-Cal and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funds;
  • Human Resources Branch, which is responsible for personnel issues and transactions, and employee training; and
  • Fiscal and Administrative Services Branch, which is responsible for monitoring and accounting for the Department’s budget, as well as for the contracts and procurement processes.

Information Management Services Division

The Information Management Services Division (IMSD) provides a full range of information management services to ADP.  IMSD provides support to the Department mission through a variety of essential services:

  • Technology Support Services provides ongoing maintenance and enhancements of the vital technology infrastructure;
  • CalOMS Treatment staff work with the ADP program divisions to make maximum use of the data collected in the outcomes measurement system;
  • Project Management Office supports project managers in successfully completing business and technology projects;
  • Application Support provides leadership and guidance for development of new data systems and ongoing maintenance and improvement of existing data systems;
  • Data Management Services provides quality assurance services for all stages of data system functioning from development to data integrity, as well as administering the ADP website;
  • Office of Applied Research Analysis provides statistical data to constituents, performs research analysis, supports program evaluation, and writes reports to meet the information needs of the alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment services network;
  • Information Security Office works closely with all areas of ADP to ensure the security of all human, electronic, and physical information critical to the functioning of the Alcohol and Other Drug services system in California.