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CAADPE, the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives, is a professional association of community-based nonprofit alcohol recovery and other substance use disorder treatment agency executives.

Member agencies provide substance use disorder treatment services at over 300 sites in California. Established in 1989, CAADPE is the only state-wide association representing all types of substance use disorder treatment programs.

CAADPE is organized by chapters throughout the state and is headquartered in Sacramento for easy access to state government. A volunteer board of directors, elected by the members, guides the association and its policies on issues vital to its members. Our organization sponsors professional education and training programs and conducts public education about the need for quality alcohol and other substance use disorder services to meet the need of the community.

CAADPE's regional chapters meet to exchange information, review and develop strategies on local issues, and coordinate local responses to statewide issues. Chapters currently operate in Southern California (Los Angeles), Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego.


It is through the commitee structure that CAADPE addresses the needs of the field and identifies the policy issues of the organization. CAADPE members are urged to volunteer their time in their respective areas of expertise.

Legislative Committee:

Reviews proposed state and federal legislation and regulatatory changes to make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding CAADPE's position. Once the board has adopted a position, CAADPE implements its advocacy strategy.

Workforce Development Committee:

Assists members in providing superior services to clients by developing professional standards of care and forming an adequate workforce. These professional standars are measured by excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics and professional development.

Services Committee:

Reviews and makes recommendations about state and federal regulatory proposals to change the manner in which treatment agencies operate. Also identifies policies that may facilitate and/or hinder the development of quality treatment facilities.

Executive Committee:

The executive committee is mostly made up of association officers who conduct the day-to-day business of the association.

Board of Directors

A member-elected Board of Directors guides the association. The board reviews policies, makes recommendations, and takes positions on issues impacting the substance use disorder field. CAADPE board members represent providers from a number of working groups and agencies across the state.

Albert M. Senella, President
Tarzana Treatment Centers Inc.
Tarzana, CA

Shawn Jenkins, Secretary
WestCare, California
Fresno, CA.,

Norman E. Sprunck, Treasurer
Western Pacific Med Corp.
El Monte, CA

Jack Bernsetin
North Hollywood, CA

Christine Bierdrager, Ph.D.
Inland Behavioral & Health Services, Inc.
Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

Kimberly Bond
Mental Health Systems, Inc.
San Diego, CA

Jim Howat
Volunteers of America
Los Angeles, CA

Vitka Eisen
HealthRight 360.
San Francisco, CA

Eli Vietzer
Los Angeles, CA

Darin Rorrer
Didi Hirsch CMHC

Mar Vista, CA

Stephen Maulhardt
Aegis Treatment Centers
Canoga Park, CA

Luis Montes
Narcotics Prevention Association, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Maja Trochimczyk
Phoenix Houses of California, Inc.
Lake View Terrace, CA

Sushma Taylor, Ph.D.
Center Point Inc.
San Rafael, CA

Elvia Torres, MS, MFT
SPIRITT Family Services
South El Monte, CA

Brenda Wiewel
JWCH Institute, Inc, CA




State Issues:

CAADPE has taken the lead in the SUD community, announcing its SUPPORT for Governor Brown’s proposal to eliminate the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.  
In reversing its long-standing position on state governance of substance use disorder programs and services, CAADPE is taking advantage of the opportunity to “conduct business” in a different way under a redesigned state governance structure.  The CAADPE Board of Directors determined that it is time to put aside the field’s long-held fears and mistrust that the legislature, the Governor, and State administrators will allow SUD services to be diminished within a larger department. Read Letter

CAADPE Supports the Coalition of Whole Health's Recommendations-- CAADPE supports the Coalition of Whole Health's recommendations for full inclusion of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services within the Essential Health Benefits framework of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more.

Accountable Care Organizations add to the menu of options for providers looking to better coordinate care for patients and will make it easier for providers to deliver high quality care and use health care dollars more wisely. Click for more information

Federal Issues:

Healthcare Reform is now a Reality! Read more about the new law with this Practical Guide for Leaders

Now Federal Law:

The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act.Click here for more information.



CAADPE is a member of the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS)

Targeted advertising opportunities are available in CAADPE's widely read newsletter, The Weekly Membership Memo.





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