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.

Mission Statement

The Commission will be a bridge between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), the public, and elected officials, regarding the issues of substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.

Meeting Schedule

The Substance Abuse Services Commission typically meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS). These meetings are open to the public. To obtain current information about meetings and meeting dates, please call (207) 287-2595. See below for Meeting Minutes

Individuals attending the Substance Abuse Services Commission meeting will need to enter through the front lobby and call our main number for someone to let them in for the meeting. Main Office Number: (207) 287-2595 View Security of and Access to DHHS Offices (PDF)

Duties of the Commission

The Commission, in cooperation with the SAMHS, has the following duties:

  1. Advise the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS): The Commission shall advise the Office of SAMHS in development and implementation of significant policy matters relating to substance abuse (§ 20067(1))
  2. Advise, Consult and Assist: The Commission shall advise, consult and assist the Governor, the Executive and Legislature branches of State Government, and the Judicial Council with activities of State Government related to substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery (§ 20067(2))
  3. Serve as Advocate/Review and Evaluate prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery; inform the Public; The Commission shall serve as an advocate on substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery and promoting and assisting activities designed to meet the problems of substance abuse at the national and state levels. With the support of the SAMHS, the Commission shall review and evaluate, on a continuing basis, state and federal policies and programs relating to substance 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 SAMHS, 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. (§ 20067(3))


2014 SASC Annual Report |PDF|

2013 SASC Annual Report |PDF|

2010 Report Card on Maine Substance Abuse Services (PDF) from the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission

SASC Substance Abuse Report Card 2008 Word | PDF

More Reports

Meeting Minutes:

  • December 2018
  • November 2018
  • October 2018
  • September 2018
  • July 2018
  • June 2018
  • May 2018
  • April 2018
  • February 2018
  • January 2018
  • December 2017
  • November 2017
  • October 2017
  • September 2017
  • August 2017
  • June 2017
  • May 2017
  • April 2017
  • March 2017
  • February 2017
  • January 2017
  • December 2016
  • November 2016
  • October 2016
  • September 2016
  • August 2016
  • July 2016
  • June 2016
  • May 2016
  • April 2016
  • March 2016
  • February 2016
  • January 2016
  • December 2015
  • November 2015
  • October 2015
  • September 2015
  • July 2015
  • June 2015
  • May 2015
  • April 2015
  • March 2015
  • February 2015
  • January 2015
  • December 2014
  • November 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
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