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Legislative Affairs


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...

The Office of Legislative and External Affairs is responsible for:
  • Tracking federal and state legislation that is of interest to the Department and the alcohol and other drug (AOD) field as a whole;
  • Working with the Program Staff Budget Office and the Office of Legal Services on coordinating the analysis of proposed state and federal legislation to ensure that the Executive Team, Agency and the Governor's Office are fully briefed on all bills that impact the Department;
  • Oversight of 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;
  • The Director's Advisory Committee (DAC), including its eight constituent committees;
  • Responding to inquiries from the Legislature, the public and other interested parties.
  • Coordinating site visits for government representatives to AOD and problem gambling prevention and treatment programs.
  • Coordinating the response to emerging issues in AOD and problem gambling prevention and treatment.
  • Manager serves as the Department's Native American liaison, maintaining communication with Indian Health Clinics, tribes and Native American entities about AOD 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 Program Gambling services to Native Americans with special emphasis on service capacity and technical and cultural competence.
  • Coordinating the Department's Cultural Competence Quality Improvement Strategic Plan and activities.
  • Respond to Legislative inquiries regarding AOD programs and providers.

Legislative Summary Reports