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Key Strategic Areas

The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs has identified the following three key strategic areas of emphasis for the period 2006-2008.

  1. Provide Ongoing Leadership in Identifying and Addressing Emerging and Priority Issues.
  2. Enhance Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Systems.
  3. Increase Knowledge, Skills and Abilities in the AOD Prevention and Treatment Workforce.

Provide Ongoing Leadership in Identifying and Addressing Emerging and Priority Issues

ADP leadership has increasingly earned the trust and confidence of the field and is well-positioned to continue providing direction at the state, county and local service delivery levels.  The Department will further develop its capacity to proactively identify emerging issues and foster the collaboration needed to address them.  To accomplish this, ADP will establish the capacity to conduct epidemiological research.  With the implementation of data collection systems such as CalOMS, coupled with outcomes monitoring programs, ADP will work to ensure that data collection and analysis activities provide useful information to support effective leadership.
In addition, ADP will create a greater leadership presence at the national level to:

  1. Improve the Department’s ability to positively impact AOD and related issues in California.
  2. Play a larger role in identifying emerging issues that affect the country.
  3. Enhance California’s position as a leadership model for other states.

Goal 1: 

Assume a greater leadership role at national, state, county, and local service delivery levels.

  • Strategy 1.1:  Guide allocation of resources using data-driven research and stakeholder input to proactively identify and develop effective responses to emerging and priority issues.
  • Strategy 1.2:  Promote increased Departmental leadership at the county, state and national level through improved staff development.
  • Strategy 1.3:  Help treatment provider and county AOD programs develop and implement business continuity and contingency plans to respond to unplanned disruptions of service (e.g., natural disasters, terrorism, pandemic flu, or other unforeseen events) by providing model plans and encouraging local training.

Goal 2:  

Address emerging trends in potentially harmful AOD-related behaviors and apply current research findings to AOD programs and services.

  • Strategy 2.1:  Identify and reduce potentially harmful behaviors.
  • Strategy 2.2:  Incorporate current research findings in delivery of AOD prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Goal 3:

 Continue to implement and monitor the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 (SACPA) – Proposition 36.

  • Strategy 3.1:  Enhance system integration between criminal justice agencies and drug treatment systems within the counties.
  • Strategy 3.2:  Improve levels of suitability, acceptance, participation and accountability of offenders referred to treatment.
  • Strategy 3.3:  Engage and retain offenders in treatment once admitted.
  • Strategy 3.4:  Match severity of dependence to intensity of services with broader, more accessible services to special populations (e.g., minorities or individuals with co-occurring disorders).

Goal 4:

 Lead the transition to outcome-based planning and accountability to ensure appropriate use of funds for prevention and treatment programs.

  • Strategy 4.1:  Establish and implement a framework, process and procedures for statewide and county planning.
  • Strategy 4.2:  Identify access gaps and barriers to prevention, treatment and recovery services.
  • Strategy 4.3:  Assist counties in obtaining the technology and training required to provide programs and services.
  • Strategy 4.4:  Strive for fiscal and program accountability.

Goal 5: 

Work with counties, stakeholders and partners to improve understanding among Californians that alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic conditions which can be successfully prevented and treated.

  • Strategy 5.1:  Develop materials and appropriate funding for awareness campaigns to enhance public and institutional understanding of alcohol and drug addiction as preventable and treatable conditions.
  • Strategy 5.2:  Improve community understanding of the nature of AOD prevention and treatment and reduce stigma associated with addiction.

Enhance Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Systems

California lacks the definition of core program outcomes and a comprehensive, integrated AOD continuum of services.  Current service offerings have gaps, insufficient resources, limited coordination, and outdated infrastructure.  Opportunities exist to improve the delivery of AOD prevention and treatment services throughout the state.

ADP needs to address the unmet needs for perinatal and youth treatment services, adult prevention services, and problem gambling services.  The agency must collaborate with other service provider systems, including mental health, criminal justice and Child Protective Services, and ancillary service providers (e.g., housing, vocational training, transportation) to support successful treatment outcomes.

The Department must also improve AOD and related services by closing gaps in the current delivery system resulting from insufficient resources, limited coordination and  outdated infrastructure.  The agency will work to make better use of available research data and utilize a continuous quality improvement (CQI) approach to providing AOD services.  In addition, ADP will continue its ongoing efforts to enhance the cultural competence of California’s AOD prevention, treatment and recovery systems.

Goal 6: 

Develop and maintain a comprehensive, integrated statewide prevention, treatment and recovery system.

  • Strategy 6.1:  Establish a fiscal component to the outcomes measurement system.
  • Strategy 6.2:  Develop and implement new regulations governing Drug-MediCal certification as well as outpatient treatment program certification and residential treatment program licensure (Title 22 and Title 9, respectively).
  • Strategy 6.3:  Hold certified and licensed treatment program providers more accountable for meeting standards.
  • Strategy 6.4:  Create a task force of ADP staff and other stakeholders that will develop recommendations to guide the implementation and integration of the AOD continuum of services model for California.
  • Strategy 6.5:  Improve the licensing and certification process by making electronic submittal of applications and renewal requests available to the field.

Goal 7:  

Promote partnerships that provide integrated responses to the needs of AOD populations, including criminal justice, perinatal and youth as well as those populations with co-occurring disorders.

  • Strategy 7.1:  Increase awareness within various human services and criminal justice systems of how AOD abuse impacts their populations.
  • Strategy 7.2:  Initiate an integrated, perinatal prevention and treatment service plan for pregnant women for whom one or more of the following is applicable: HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C, working poor, alcohol abuse, children in foster care, or injection drug use.
  • Strategy 7.3:  Develop an integrated plan for youth AOD, HIV-related and problem gambling services, including youth in (or at risk of placement in) foster care, abused and/or neglected children, and children with other risk factors (e.g., poverty, homelessness, gang affiliation, domestic violence).

Goal 8:

 Improve the quality, capacity and effectiveness of problem gambling prevention, intervention and treatment.

Strategy 8.1:  Develop and implement public awareness campaign on problem gambling.

Strategy 8.2:  Identify and apply research-based practices for problem gambling prevention, intervention and treatment services.

Strategy 8.3:  Develop a statewide plan to address problem gambling in California.

Strategy 8.4:  Conduct a training needs assessment for professionals working with problem and pathological gamblers; implement training and technical assistance programs based on assessment results.

Goal 9:

 Improve quality, capacity and effectiveness of AOD prevention, treatment and recovery services through better use of data, including epidemiological research, and the application of continuous quality improvement (CQI) practices.

Strategy 9.1:  Identify and apply evidence-based practices for AOD prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Strategy 9.2:  Promote the application of epidemiological research to better focus and prioritize resources for prevention and treatment programs and services.

Strategy 9.3:  Establish and implement a CQI framework and methodology for AOD programs and services.

Goal 10: 

Develop strategies to plan and support culturally appropriate services.

  • Strategy 10.1:  Conduct needs assessment and develop cultural competence management strategies.
  • Strategy 10.2:  Develop and implement cultural competence program and service guidelines.

Increase Knowledge, Skills and Abilities in the AOD Prevention and Treatment Workforce

AOD prevention and treatment services improve through the continued development and implementation of standards for counselor certification and program licensing.  The field looks to ADP for leadership in implementing these standards and directing compliance activity.  The Department will increase the knowledge level and improve skills and abilities for the AOD prevention, treatment and recovery services workforce.

Cultural competence on the part of the workforce is required in order to provide quality and effective prevention, treatment and recovery services.  ADP will also take the lead in developing standards for cultural competency for both AOD programs and staff.

Goal 11: 

Ensure that primary prevention service providers and staff meet specified core competency requirements and increase AOD program counselor capabilities.

  • Strategy 11.1:  Determine the knowledge, skills and abilities (core competencies), and best practices required for providing effective prevention services.
  • Strategy 11.2:  Require that prevention service providers meet core competencies.
  • Strategy 11.3:  Monitor and update AOD program counselor certification regulations.
  • Strategy 11.4:  Hold AOD program counselors accountable for meeting certification standards.

Goal 12:  

Develop and implement strategies to increase the cultural competency knowledge, skills and abilities of the AOD workforce.

  • Strategy 12.1:  Determine the knowledge, skills and abilities (core competencies) required for providing culturally competent services.
  • Strategy 12.2:  Develop and provide comprehensive cultural competency technical assistance and training for AOD service providers.