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Advisory Groups


Effective with the passage of the 2013-2014 Budget Act and associated legislation, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) no longer exists as of July 1, 2013. All ADP programs and staff, except the Office of Problem Gambling, transferred to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Please visit the DHCS website. Read more...


In carrying out its mission “to lead efforts to reduce alcoholism, drug addiction, and problem gambling in California by developing, administering, and supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery programs,” the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs seeks collaboration and advice from many constituent groups, including the following:

Director’s Advisory Council

The Director’s Advisory Council (DAC) was created in 1993 to ensure the delivery of quality alcohol, drug abuse, and problem gambling services in California. Members include ADP leaders, judges, directors of statewide provider organizations, the president of the County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators' Association of California (CADPAAC), and the chairs of the eight constituency committees.

Constituent Committees

The eight Constituent Committees were established to advise and assist ADP's Director and Executive Staff in developing strategies to plan and support culturally-competent alcohol and other drug abuse, prevention, and recovery services. The purpose of these committees is to improve and expand alcohol and drug services for California's diverse population. Individuals who are interested in serving on a constituent committee are invited to download and complete a Constituent Committee Membership Nominee Application Form. Completed forms should be submitted via e-mail to the chair of the desired committee, with a cc: to "ExternalAffairs@adp.ca.gov".

Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council (GPAC)

The Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council (GPAC) coordinates the State’s strategic efforts to reduce the incidence and prevalence of inappropriate alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use by youth and adults. Members are appointed by the Governor and include key administrators from major state agencies involved with prevention issues, funding, and/or program-level support.

Problem Gambling Advisory Group

The purpose of the Problem Gambling Advisory Group is to discuss priorities and strategies for educating and training individuals engaged in problem gambling-related issues. The Advisory Group is a valuable forum for collaboration among state regulating agencies, gambling-industry representatives, educators, researchers, and advocates for problem gambling issues.

Narcotic Treatment Programs Advisory Committee

The Narcotic Treatment Program Advisory Committee (NTPAC) meets to discuss emerging issues and provide information regarding regulatory and policy issues associated with opiate treatment in California. Membership of the NTPAC is by invitation from the Director of ADP. Committee members are selected on the basis of their NTP knowledge and expertise and commitment to ensuring safe access to replacement narcotic therapies. Interested parties may contact Amber Fitzpatrick (916) 445-2056

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Advisory Group

The Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Advisory Group meets to discuss emerging issues and provide information regarding regulatory and policy issues associated with the statewide DUI program. In accordance with Title 9, California Code of Regulations, the Department is required to work with representatives of the county alcohol and drug program administrators, DUI programs, the judiciary, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and other interested parties to maintain quality assurance in the DUI program and to develop ongoing measures of effectiveness.

County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators Association of California, Inc. (CADPAAC)

CADPAAC is an organization of county alcohol and drug program administrators dedicated to the reduction of individual and community problems related to the use of alcohol and other drugs. Local CADPAAC Administrators Listing.