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 will establish priorities and policies for alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services for the State of Oregon, including (but not limited to):
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 new statute clarifies the mission of the ADPC, modifying previous versions of 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.
Daniel Ward, Executive Director
Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission