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Letter from Albert M. Senella, CAADPE President-

The California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives, Inc. (CAADPE) is a powerful voice in the alcohol and drug field. CAADPE addresses pending public policies that affect your agencies and your clients. CAADPE represents the best thinking of the field in the State Capitol and in Congress, and in the offices of regulators.  We invite you to join us. 

Today, our field is at an important juncture that will require every provider in the state to stand up and be counted.  Without a strong and unified voice, our field cannot make an impact on the regulations and funding decisions that loom ahead. In the coming year, CAADPE must take the lead on several issues that will affect our agencies and our clients for decades to come: licensing and certification; funding and reforms of Proposition 36; health insurance; and prison reform as it relates to in-custody AOD treatment, community aftercare, and relocation of non-violent offenders into small community-based residential centers.   

Fewer than one-fourth of the licensed agencies in California have carried the ball for all providers since 1989 when CAADPE opened its Sacramento advocacy office.  Now is the time for you to join with others around the state so that the AOD voice remains strong and unified.    

We have a challenging year ahead of us! I look forward to your active participation in CAADPE!


Albert M. Senella, President

Membership Eligibility

Agency membership is available to any organization that is currently providing alcohol and drug treatment, prevention, and/or educational services. The agency or organization shall designate one person to vote on its behalf.

Membership Benefits

  • Voting privileges in the Annual Membership Meeting
  • Discounted rates for conferences and professional programs
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues for problem solving, educating, and mentoring
  • CAADPE website link to your agency
  • A subscription to the Weekly Membership Memo
  • Technical assistance with consumer advocacy
  • Legislative bill monitoring
  • Agency referrals

Membership Fees

Membership annual dues are based on the size of your agency or your total agency budget. Fees are broken down as follows (dollar amounts indicatate total budget):

  • Up to $125,000-----------------------------$125
  • $126,000 to $375,000--------------------$250
  • $376,000 to $750,000--------------------$563
  • $751,000 to $1,500,000-----------------$1125
  • $1,501,000 to $3,000,000--------------$2250
  • $3,001,000 to $4,500,000--------------$3750
  • $4,501,000 to $8,000,000--------------$6250
  • $8,001,000 to $10,000,000------------------------$9000
  • $10,001,000 and up------------------------$10000

To Join:

For more information regarding membership, please contact Jennifer Cassulo at or 916-329-7409.

Be sure to include your agency, director, a return telephone number and an email address.



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)

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