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Inventory of the Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs Records
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs Records
    Inventory: F3917
    Creator: Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs Records, F3917, California State Archives.

    Agency History

    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.