The Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators (PACDAA), an affiliate of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), is a professional association that represents the 47 Single County Authorities (SCAs) across the Commonwealth. SCAs receive state and federal dollars through contracts with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), to plan, coordinate, programmatically and fiscally manage and implement the delivery of drug and alcohol prevention, intervention and treatment services at the local level. SCAs also receive funding for treatment services from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS). The services funded by DHS are primarily targeted to individuals in non-hospital residential care who are eligible for Medical Assistance or to a continuum of treatment services for those individuals no longer eligible as a result of welfare reforms.
In 1972, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established a Single State Agency (Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Program) and a system of Single County Authorities (SCAs) to implement substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment services through county based planning and management. Act 63, the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act, requires the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to develop a State Plan for the control, prevention, intervention, treatment, rehabilitation, research, education and training aspects of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence programs. SCAs are charged with carrying out this plan at the local level.
The Mission of PACDAA is to improve services to Commonwealth residents by providing for its members:
- A vehicle by which the Drug and Alcohol Administrators
of Single County Authorities (SCAs) in Pennsylvania may exchange
information among themselves, and with public officials, health and
social services personnel, and the public at large regarding substance
abuse related problems, and the availability of public and private
services for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of substance abuse problems.
- An organized means by which those SCAs may communicate with the Commonwealth agencies, including
the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Department of
Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services,
around the issues of policy, planning, coordination, program
development, and other relevant issues. A forum for the free exchange
of information among the various public and private drug and alcohol
agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of
maintaining and improving the quality of services. The Association
encourages collaboration with other organizations in the health and
human services field to accomplish this purpose.
PACDAA recognizes the need for and importance of:
- Ensuring that care is managed adequately; both cost and appropriateness of care based on client needs
- Ensuring that taxpayer dollars are used effectively and efficiently
- Promoting community based support for a client’s continued recovery so they may become productive citizens
- Providing treatment, along with the use of environmental and social service supports, as the best way to enhance the client’s continued recovery
- Supporting comprehensive community-based prevention programs that empower and mobilize citizens to assume active roles in reducing substance abuse in their own communities
PACDAA and SCAs believe addiction is a primary disease which, if left untreated, may result in physical and mental deterioration, incarceration and/or death. Untreated addiction leads to the destruction of the individual, the family and the community. If addiction is treated with clinical integrity, individuals can return to being productive members of their community.
It is the belief of the PACDAA membership that “prevention” is one of the primary mechanisms that Pennsylvania can
utilize to decrease drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Members believe in a process that guides the
selection, implementation and evaluation of effective, culturally appropriate
and sustainable prevention activities....Full Text Link