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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work -- a life in the community for everyone.  To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders.  SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources -- programs, policies and grants -- toward that outcome.

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) mission is that every individual served by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service system will have the opportunity for growth, recovery and inclusion in their community, have access to culturally competent services and supports of their choice, and enjoy a quality of life that includes family members and friends.

The Pennsylvania National Guard’s Counterdrug Joint Task Force Civil Operations Program’s mission is to strengthen communities through anti-drug coalitions.  They train and coach coalitions to achieve the goals they have set, or to assist in goal setting if goals haven’t already been established.   Training is also provided for youth coalitions to teach them how to run an effective coalition as well as valuable life skills they can use anywhere and forever.  Additionally, the program is instrumental in the disposal of un-used prescription medications by working with the police departments to rid the take-back boxes of its contents for safe destruction.

The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) is a member driven, grassroots organization whose mission is to support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse.  For 36 years CPA has kept the needs and concerns of the prevention professional and the field of substance abuse prevention as its key focus.  It is a non-profit entity governed by a board of directors from various regions of the state.  Today it continues to be the foremost voice of prevention in the state of Pennsylvania.


The Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators (PACDAA) is a professional association that represents the Single County Authorities (SCAs) across the state who receive state and federal dollars through contracts with the PA Department of Health, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, to plan, coordinate, programmatically and fiscally manage and implement the delivery of drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, and treatment services at the local level.

The Pennsylvania Community Providers Association (PCPA) is a trade association whose members are community agencies serving persons with mental illness, mental retardation, or substance abuse.  Membership is also open to other organizations and individuals concerned about persons with mental disabilities and drug and alcohol disorders.

Community & Recovery Organizations

The Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A) will mobilize, educate and advocate to eliminate the stigma and discrimination toward those affected by alcoholism and other drug addiction to ensure hope, health and justice for individuals, families and those in recovery.

PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization - Achieving Community Together) is a grassroots recovery support initiative in Southeastern Pennsylvania (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties) working to reduce the stigma of addiction, ensure the availability of adequate treatment and recovery support services, and to influence public opinion and policy regarding the value of recovery.  PRO-ACT is developing, educating and mobilizing a constituency of Ambassadors for Recovery - recovering persons, their family members and friends, professionals working in the field, and others with a special interest in and knowledge of recovery - who wish to support recovery.

Pennsylvania Parent Panel Advisory Council (PPAC)

As a result of Pennsylvania House Resolution 585 of 2006, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), the Single State Authority, convened a group of 18 parents from across the state whose children have been affected by alcohol and drug abuse and addiction.  The mission of the PPAC is threefold: to study access by families to information about alcohol and drug abuse, to study access by families to intervention and treatment services, and to make recommendations to the House Health and Human Services Committee and to DDAP.

Through DDAP’s assistance to coordinate meeting logistics and to support travel, the Advisory Council has met approximately three times a year since its first meeting in September 2007.  Along with the expertise afforded them through their individual experiences, the PPAC conducted interviews with Single County Authority directors to determine common challenges that occur within the substance abuse treatment system, identifying existing gaps and barriers.  The PPAC also did an extensive review of the Blueprint for the States, a recommendation document established by a National Policy Panel convened by Join Together.  By comparing these recommendations for improving the delivery of alcohol and drug prevention and treatment with their own research, they were able to make concrete recommendations regarding necessary changes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The PPAC formalized their recommendations in a document entitled, “From Pain to Passion: How Improving Public Policy Can Save Our Kids!,” from which they made summary recommendations and provided personal accounts in their testimony to the Health and Human Services Committee on November 16, 2009.

Since that time, the PPAC has also addressed the Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council and members have made individual efforts at raising awareness by sharing their message with their own communities.  Several individuals have become active members in other state-level committees, which address substance prevention and treatment.  Members also continue to advocate for system modification and advocacy through involvement in their own communities.  In so doing, PPAC further serves to provide input to DDAP regarding system improvement and add the crucial voice of parents in impacting change.

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The Pennsylvania Certification Board is a private, non-profit corporation which offers voluntary state-level credentialing to the substance abuse and other behavioral health professional.  The Board, comprised of certified professionals throughout the state, implements standards and testing for certification of addiction counselors, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, case managers, criminal justice addictions professionals, co-occurring disorders professionals, and auxiliary professionals.