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What is the ADPC?

The Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission is an independent state government agency that was created by the Oregon Legislature to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state and local alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services.

The ADPC is to establish priorities and policies for alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services for the State of Oregon, including:
  • The capacity, type and utilization of prevention and treatment programs;
  • Methods to assess the effectiveness and performance of those programs;
  • The best use of existing prevention and treatment programs;
  • Budget policy priorities for Oregon's Department of Corrections, Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority, Department of Education, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, Oregon State Police, Oregon Youth Authority, and any other state agency approved by the ADPC to be involved in alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services;
  • Standards for licensing of prevention and treatment programs;
  • Minimum standards for contracting, providing, and coordinating alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services that use federal, private, or state funds administered by the state;
  • The most effective and efficient use of participating state agency resources to support prevention and treatment programs.
    The seven bullet points above spell out the mission of this independent Commission. The language of these bullet points is quoted directly from Senate Bill 951, which was enacted the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session. The law became effective in January 2016.

    This statute clarified the mission of the ADPC. The statutes that govern this Commission are
    ORS 430.241 and ORS 430.242 . There are other laws, which you can read here, that give the ADPC additional authority to provide policy leadership to other Oregon state government departments. 


    Rem Nivens, Executive Director
    Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission
    Phone: 503-378-5796
    Email: Rem.nivens@oregon.gov​

    Please note...This Commission is not involved in regulating production, marketing, or use of cannabis ("marijuana"). If you are looking for information on a cannabis-related topic, please try this link: Click here. ​​​​​​



    The Commission meets as scheduled and meetings are usually on the fourth Thursday of the month. For the full schedule of past and future meetings, click here.


    The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled to be held:

    Thursday, March 29th, 2018
    10:00 a.m. to Noon

    Suite 775 "Transformation Center Training Room"
    Lincoln Building
    421 SW Oak St
    Portland, OR 97204
    Use the elevators in the south lobby
    (nearest the Oak St side of the building)


    Members of the public who wish to attend by phone may call
    888-557-8511, access code 6790006#

    Agendas, minutes, handouts, etc., related to meetings of the Commission are available here, or by navigating to the "Commission Meeting Records" page.