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Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

In accordance with Act 50, Council Members of the Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse are advisors to the Governor and to the Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs regarding drug and alcohol issues in Pennsylvania. The council is composed of the Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs or his/her designee and eight other members appointed by the Governor.

Council members, by statute, must be representative of the following categories:

  • Substantial training or experience in the fields of drug or alcohol prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, treatment, or enforcement.
  • Individual with a prior history of drug and alcohol dependency.ndividual with a prior history of drug and alcohol dependency.
  • No connection with or experience in drug or alcohol prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, treatment, or enforcement.
  • The public at large.
  • To the extent possible, all geographic areas of the Commonwealth are to be represented.

Council Members

Chair: Jennifer Smith, Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Program

Members:
  • Deb Beck
  • Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera
  • David McAdoo
  • Adam Oldham
  • Kristin Varner
  • Jennifer Zampogna, M.D. 

If you are interested in being considered as an Advisory Council Member, please forward a letter of interest and resume (including your name, address, phone number, email address, county of residence, date of submission, which category or categories you would be representative of) to the address below: 

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Attn: Advisory Council Membership
One Penn Center
2601 N. 3rd Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Applicant's letters of interest/resumes will be reviewed on an as needed basis as vacancies occur. We will contact potential candidates if being recommended.

Upcoming meetings

  • December 17, 2018 -  1-3 PM.

Any questions, please contact Emily Hostetter in the Department’s Executive Office at:  (717) 214-1937, email: emhostette@pa.gov.


Parent Panel Advisory Council (PPAC)

Pennsylvania’s Parent Panel Advisory Council (PPAC) is a parent forum operating under the administrative authority of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). PPAC was established in 2006 pursuant to the Pennsylvania General Assembly passage of House Resolution (HR) 585. A meeting of its founding members - the inaugural session - took place in September 2007.

As set forth in HR 585, PPAC is charged with studying and addressing family and community access to services and supports relating to substance use and substance use disorders throughout the Commonwealth. PPAC is comprised of geographically dispersed individuals, representing all regions of the Commonwealth, who have first-hand experience parenting children impacted by substance use and substance use disorders. Its purpose includes making recommendations to DDAP and the Pennsylvania Health and Human Services Committee for the enhancement of, and to facilitate access to, such services within our Pennsylvania communities. PPAC members are appointed by the Secretary of DDAP pursuant to an application process managed by DDAP.

PPAC meets three times annually in the Harrisburg area, designating one of these meetings as a joint session with the Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Council Members

Chair: Lauryn Wicks

Vice Chair: Vacant

Members:
  • Carmen Capozzi
  • John Cribari
  • Suzanne Frisch
  • Charles Klenk
  • Patricia Klenk
  • Laura Tomassoni Lewis
  • Thomas Moreken
  • Cindy Wanamaker

Mission

It is the mission of the Pennsylvania Parent Panel Advisory Council, working in collaboration with the Commonwealth Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, to advocate for and promote individual and family recovery, hope and healing by improving the understanding and access to, a continuum of care and supports for those who are impacted by substance use and substance use disorders throughout Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in being considered for PPAC membership service, please download and complete the application form and mail to the address below or email to Gail Yoder.

PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Attn: PPAC Membership
One Penn Center
2601 N. 3rd Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Submissions will be reviewed on an as needed basis as vacancies occur.