Welcome to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs


The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) is comprised of four divisions and eight offices.  ADP does not have any boards or commissions.

Project Management Office

The Project Management Office (PMO) provides assistance and support to project managers, executive staff, and project team members in defining and completing business and technology projects. PMO has assisted the department with more than 35 projects.

Information Security Officer

The Information Security Officer (ISO) oversees agency compliance with policies and procedures regarding the security of ADP’s information assets. The ISO is also responsible for ensuring the integrity and security of ADP’s information assets, systems, and networks. Other responsibilities include:

  • Providing direction for executive management on issues of information security and its impact on ADP;
  • Coordinating the development and implementation of the Operational Recovery Plan and ensuring that annual updates and biannual testing are completed;
  • Performing ongoing risk analysis and development, and maintaining a required risk management program;
  • Training employees in information security awareness, practices, and policies;
  • Assisting in the classification of ADP information assets;
  • Serving on the Change Control board to review changes to information technology assets;
  • Ensuring the department adheres to annual reporting requirements; and
  • Analyzing legislation to assess its impact on ADP information security while developing plans to comply.

The ISO is also the designated security official responsible for the development and implementation of the policies and procedures required by the HIPAA Security Rule.

Executive Office

The director of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs is appointed by the governor and is responsible for leading the state’s prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. The director oversees 335 department staff and an annual budget of $679.9 million. ADP’s vision is to have healthy individuals and communities free of alcohol and other drug problems.

ADP certifies and licenses alcohol and other drug programs to ensure the health and safety of clients receiving treatment. ADP provides funding for the development of drug courts in California. ADP also administers funding to counties who provide treatment and prevention services. ADP addresses problem gambling through initiatives by the Office of Problem Gambling.

Office of Applied Research and Analysis

The mission of the Office of Applied Research and Analysis (OARA) is to direct, conduct, and support applied research and evaluation, quantitative estimates and forecasts, and the dissemination of alcohol and other drug information to the department, control agencies, and other government and public stakeholders. OARA pursues this mission through science-based research expertise and active partnerships with program divisions within the department. Staff also provides research and analytical support to stakeholders and other government groups.

OARA is actively involved in the following activities that support high-priority ADP initiatives:

  • Providing recommendations, research, and analytical services to the ADP directorate and executive team on issues related to alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention policy development;
  • Collaborating with data management to ensure the quality and integrity of CalOMS and the Drug Abuse Treatment Access Report;
  • Analyzing a variety of program and administrative data using geographic information software and producing geographic maps showing alcohol and other drug treatment trends and outcomes;
  • Reviewing, approving, and overseeing contracted research and program evaluations;
  • Producing the California indicators of alcohol and drug abuse analysis of predictors of alcohol and other drug abuse;
  • Maintaining data to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 1695, Chapter 678 (Escutia), Statutes of 2002 – a cumulative, 5-year annualized report of overdose deaths caused by alcohol and other drugs;
  • Partnering with the California Attorney’s General Office to conduct the biennial California Student Survey and Healthy Kids Survey; and
  • Providing leadership, policy advice, training assistance, and general technical support regarding data requirements to IMSD technical staff and program divisions within ADP.

Office of Grants Management

    The mission of the Office of Grants Management (OGM) is to ensure the appropriate administration of federal formula and discretionary funds within ADP. Other OGM responsibilities include:

    • Preparing and submitting the annual Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grant application;
    • Developing, maintaining, and modifying written policies, processes, and procedures to ensure compliance with federal grants administered by the department;
    • Providing specific information and guidance to the department’s program divisions regarding federal grant requirements and compliance;
    • Resolving audit issues with the federal government;
    • Ensuring the department receives proper monies under the SAPT block grant formula;
    • Developing and maintaining the “Grants Funding Opportunities” webpage;
    • Identifying, tracking, and analyzing federal appropriations legislation; and
    • Coordinating federal site visits/core reviews to ADP involving more than one division.

    Office of Legal Services

    The Office of Legal Services works to achieve ADP’s vision, mission, and goals in ways that are effective, lawful, and ethical. The Office of Legal Services accomplishes these goals by:

    • Providing legal advice to the director and chief deputy director in all areas of concern to their leadership of ADP;
    • Providing legal advice to ADP management and staff that supports their work;
    • Proactively identifying legal issues, problems, and solutions;
    • Managing ADP’s rulemaking activity;
    • Representing ADP in negotiations and other communications with other government agencies and offices, persons with whom ADP does business, stakeholders and the public, and advising management and staff;
    • Participating in all phases of ADP’s contracting work to maximize results and minimize risk to ADP;
    • Participating in work groups, task forces, and other ad hoc teams to maximize results and minimize risk to ADP;
    • Participating in ADP’s legislative work to achieve maximum alignment between ADP’s vision and mission, and governing laws;
    • Identifying and elevating conflicts in policy, strategy, or approaches between ADP work units to ensure conflict resolution;
    • Representing ADP in litigation, administrative hearings, and related activities; and
    • Supervising ADP’s outside counsel.

    Office of Legislative and External Affairs

    The responsibilities of the Office of Legislative and External Affairs include:

    • Tracking federal and state legislation that is of interest to the department and the AOD field as a whole;
    • Working with program staff and the budget office on coordinating the analysis of proposed state and federal legislation to ensure the executive team is fully briefed on all relative bills;
    • Overseeing all legislative activities associated with budget hearings;
    • Representing the department and the administration's philosophies and policies when testifying before legislative policy and fiscal committees;
    • Overseeing the director's Advisory Committee, including its eight constituent committees;
    • Responding to inquiries from the legislature, the public, and other interested parties;
    • Coordinating responses to emerging issues in alcohol and drug prevention and treatment;
    • Maintaining communication with Indian health clinics, tribes, and Native American entities about alcohol and other drug prevention, intervention, and treatment issues;
    • Working with California's Native American tribes, tribal entities, and government agencies to identify new resources and relationships; and
    • Expanding AOD and problem gambling services to Native Americans.

    Communications Office

    The Communications Office is responsible for developing and placing ADP’s key messages and information before the public, media, county alcohol and drug administrators, and treatment providers. A key component of the department’s strategic plan is that Californians understand that alcoholism, drug addiction, and problem gambling are chronic conditions that are preventable and treatable. The Communications Office initiates projects in line with the department’s strategic plan. The top priorities for the office are:

    • Updating and overhauling the ADP website;
    • Responding to media queries;
    • Preparing and distributing news releases, questions and answers, and talking points;
    • Compiling daily news clips;
    • Developing and editing ADP collateral, letters, and reports;
    • Writing the director’s talking points and speeches;
    • Developing the governor’s proclamations and letters of commendation;
    • Managing contracts;
    • Preparing daily media reports;
    • Coordinating quarterly all-staff meetings;
    • Approving content for the department home page;
    • Coordinating and responding to emails from the public; and
    • Processing public records act requests.

    Office of Criminal Justice Collaboration

    The Office of Criminal Justice Collaboration (OCJC) administers seven programs, each calling for collaboration between the criminal justice system and one or more public health agencies.

    Offender Treatment Program
    The Offender Treatment Program (OTP), established in 39 counties, serves and enhances outcomes and accountability of the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000. OTP funding efforts include:

    • Enhancing treatment services for offenders, including residential treatment and narcotic treatment therapy;
    • Increasing the proportion of sentenced offenders who enter, remain in, and complete treatment;
    • Reducing delays in the availability of appropriate treatment services; and
    • Using the drug court model, including dedicated court calendars with regularly scheduled reviews of treatment progress and strong collaboration by the courts, probation, and treatment centers.

    Drug Courts

    Drug courts serve varied populations of adults, parents whose children are in the dependency drug court system, juveniles, repeat drug offenders, multiple offenders, and drug probation violators. The court supervised treatment integrates with other rehabilitative services such as vocational training.

    Drug courts reduce drug usage and recidivism, provide court-supervised treatment, and offer the capability to integrate drug treatment with other rehabilitative services to promote long-term recovery and reduce social costs.

    Drug Court Partnership Program

    The Drug Court Partnership Program funds adult drug courts in 32 counties.

    Comprehensive Drug Court Implementation Program

    The Comprehensive Drug Court Implementation Program supports adult, juvenile, dependency, and family drug courts in 52 counties.

    Parolee Services Network

    The Parolee Services Network (PSN) services 17 counties, with funding provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The administering of PSN is a joint effort by ADP and CDCR. Responsibilities of the Parolee Services Network include:

    • Placing parolees (from either community parole systems or upon immediate release from prison custody) in appropriate alcohol and other drug treatment and recovery programs. Up to 180 days of treatment and recovery services are provided in local programs;
    • Improving parolee outcomes as evidenced by fewer drug-related revocations and related criminal violations, and supporting parolee reintegration into society by encouraging a clean and sober lifestyle; and
    • Reducing state general fund costs for incarceration and parole supervision.

    Female Offender Treatment Program

    The Female Offender Treatment Program provides residential and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment and recovery services to female parolees providing up to six months of alcohol and drug treatment services to each participant. The program funds four counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Other responsibilities of the Female Offender Treatment Program include:

    • Improving female parolee outcomes as evidenced by fewer drug-related revocations and related criminal violations;
    • Supporting parolee reintegration into society by encouraging a clean and sober lifestyle; and
    • Reducing state general fund costs for incarceration and parole supervision.

    Driving-Under-the-Influence Program

    The purpose of the Driving-Under-the-Influence (DUI) Program is to reduce the number of repeat DUI offenses by persons who complete a state-licensed DUI program, and to provide participants the opportunity to address problems related to the use of alcohol or other drugs.

    Legislation enacted in 1978 allowed statewide implementation of programs for multiple DUI offenders. Beginning in 1980, there was a considerable legislative effort to “get tough” on individuals who drive while under the influence. The government passed laws to increase fines, limit plea-bargaining, provide driver license restrictions, and toughen mandatory jail sentencing. As a result, DUI program requirements expanded and standardized.

    The county board of supervisors, in concert with the county alcohol and drug program administrators, determines the need for DUI program services and recommends applicants to the state for licensure. ADP licenses programs, establishes regulations, approves participant fees and fee schedules, and provides DUI information. DUI programs operate in 56 counties.

    Office of Problem Gambling

    The Office of Problem Gambling (OPG) has two basic core functions as outlined in the Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4369:to develop a problem gambling prevention program and to develop a program to support treatment services for California residents with problem and pathological gambling issues.

    OPG's problem gambling prevention program includes:

    • A toll-free telephone service for immediate crises management and containment, including referrals to health providers who can provide treatment for gambling-related problems and to self-help groups
    • Public awareness campaigns focusing on prevention and education that include dissemination of youth-oriented preventive literature, educational experiences, and public service announcements in the media
    • Empirically driven research programs focusing on epidemiology/prevalence, etiology/causation, and best practices in prevention and treatment
    • Training health care professionals,educators, law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations to identify problem gambling behavior and be familiar with referral services and treatment programs
    • Training gambling industry personnel to identify customers at risk for problem and pathological gambling and be familiar with referral and treatment services

    OPG's problem and pathological gambling treatment services program includes:

    • Intervention, outpatient, intensive outpatient and residential treatment services for problem gamblers and involved family members
    • Funding allocation methodology that ensures the delivery of efficient and effective services to areas in need
    • Review and monitor treatment services to ensure quality of services, standards of treatment and outcomes
    • Providing treatment services to meet the needs of California's diverse multi-cultural population