Title: Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs Records
Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs
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In 1954 the Alcoholic Rehabilitation Commission was created to investigate and study all phases of the treatment and rehabilitation
of alcoholics and other factors necessary to the reduction and prevention of chronic alcoholism and other excessive uses of
alcohol. The commission periodically reported to the Governor and the Legislature with recommendations. The Division of Alcoholic
Rehabilitation was established in the State Department of Public Health on September 11, 1957, with the passage by the Legislature
of Assembly Bill 3117. This measure transferred to the department the activities of the Alcoholic Rehabilitation Commission,
which was abolished.
The Office of Alcohol Program Management was established within the Health and Welfare Agency by legislation in 1970 with
the responsibility and authority for planning, establishing and conducting programs for the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation
of alcoholics in California. In the same year the State Office of Narcotics and Drug Abuse Coordination was established by
the Governor. Responsibilities included coordinating narcotics and drug prevention and treatment programs, acting as a central
information resource, and assisting community organizations in initiating effective programs to prevent and treat narcotics
addiction and drug abuse.
In 1979-80 the two programs emerged, becoming the Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The name changed again in 1981, becoming
the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. The name and the functions have remained the same to the present. The Department
directs and coordinates the State's effort to prevent and minimize the adverse effects of alcohol misuse, narcotic addiction,
and drug abuse. Through a partnership with California's 58 counties, the Department provides services in the areas of alcohol
and drug prevention, identification, early intervention, treatment, care, and rehabilitation. More than 90 percent of the
Department's current budget is used to fund programs at the county level.