Substance Abuse Services Commission
The Substance Abuse Services Commission was established via Legislation on June 30, 1993 and consists of 21 members.
To be qualified to serve on the Substance Abuse Services Commission, members must have education, training, experience, knowledge, expertise, and interest in drug abuse prevention and training. Members must reflect experiential diversity and concern for drug abuse prevention and treatment in the State of Maine. Members must have an unselfish and dedicated personal interest demonstrated by active participation in drug abuse programs such as prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, training or research in drug abuse and alcohol abuse.
The Substance Abuse Services Commission will be a bridge between the Office of Substance Abuse, the public, and elected officials, regarding the issues of substance abuse prevention, research, identification, and treatment.
The Substance Abuse Services Commission typically meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Office of Substance Abuse. These meetings are open to the public. To obtain current information about meetings and meeting dates, please call (207) 287-6342.
Duties of the Commission
The duties of the Substance Abuse Services Commission are as follows:
- The Commission shall advise the Office of Substance Abuse in the development and implementation of significant policy matters relating to substance abuse.
- The Commission shall advise, consult and assist the Governor, the Executive and Legislative Branches of State Government and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court with activities of State Government related to drug abuse prevention, including alcoholism and intoxication.
- The Commission shall serve as an advocate on alcoholism and drug abuse prevention, promoting and assisting activities designed to meet the problems of drug abuse and drug dependence at the national and state levels.
- With the support of the Office of Substance Abuse, the Commission shall review and evaluate on a continuing basis state and federal policies and programs relating to drug abuse and other activities conducted or assisted by state departments or agencies that affect persons who abuse or are dependent on drugs.
- In cooperation with the office of Substance Abuse, the Commission shall keep the public informed by collecting and disseminating information, by conducting or commissioning studies and publishing the results of those studies, by issuing publications and reports and by providing public forums, including conferences and workshops.
- The Commission shall report annually to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs on or before the last business day of each year. The report must include developments and needs related to drug abuse prevention, including alcoholism and intoxication, and significant policy matters relating to substance abuse.
2010 Report Card on Maine Substance Abuse Services (PDF) from the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission
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- A Blueprint for Change in Maine (SASC Report Card Introduction)
- 2010 Report Card on Maine Substance Abuse Services (PDF) from the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission
- SASC Substance Abuse Report Card 2008 PDF
- Resolve 1501 Workgroup Report