About Us

Driving high quality treatment services to become accessible and available in a timely manner to anyone who seeks help.

This is our main goal, supported by the following work:


We track issues at the local, state, and federal levels about current and emerging trends in substance use disorder services. We work with legislators and allied coalitions to advocate for accessible and
quality substance use disorder services on behalf of individuals with chronic addiction.


Our committees work to recognize emerging statewide policy issues, identify and address the needs of the field, and help reduce substance use by recommending improvements to current efforts and new initiatives.


Through the CAADPE website, our e-newsletter, and special alerts, we keep our members informed and bring them together to participate in the public discourse and collective action regarding substance use disorder services.


Our roundtables keep everyone informed and updated about public policies and issues challenging the substance use disorder services field.


Our website and other public education initiatives keep Californians aware of current and proposed public policies, the potential impact on their communities, and actions they can take to influence these policies.


Contact CAADPE about upcoming training events.

With each new member agency our voice and impact grow stronger.

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The ONLY state-wide association representing all types of substance use disorder treatment programs

Established in 1989, CAADPE member agencies now provide substance use disorder treatment services at over 300 sites in California. Together, we advocate for high quality services to treat substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders, and for making these services accessible and available to anyone who seeks help.

Membership in CAADPE is by agency, and each member agency is represented at CAADPE by their chief executive leader or his/her designee.

CAADPE is organized by chapters throughout the state and headquartered in Sacramento for easy access to state government. At the state-wide level, a volunteer board of directors, elected by the members, guides the association and its policies on issues vital to its members.

It is through the committee 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 regulatory changes
  • Makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding CAADPE’s position.
  • Advises members
  • Once the board has adopted a position, the Legislative Committee implements its advocacy strategy.

Criminal Justice Committee

Reviews and makes recommendations about proposed state legislation and review issues surrounding the criminal justice system and CDCR.

Executive Committee

The executive committee is comprised of the Association’s officers. The officers conduct the day-to-day business of the Association.

Workforce Development / Services Committee

  • Reviews current trends and challenges facing agencies and formulates recommendations for addressing the challenges
  • Participates in the review of and makes recommendations about state standards for licensing and certification of the workforce
  • Advocates for professional standards of care through advocacy for education, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics and professional development.
  • Advocate for an adequate pay/reimbursement for the workforce.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations about state and federal regulatory proposals and changes the affect how treatment agencies operate.
  • Identifies policies that may facilitate and/or hinder the development of quality treatment facilities.
  • Assists members in providing  timely access to quality care
  • Identifies state and federal policy and regulatory barriers to access to treatment.
  • Advocates for strengthening and expanding the SUD workforce through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics and professional development.
  • Also identifies policies that may facilitate and/or hinder the development of quality treatment facilities.

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,
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.
Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties

Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed. D.,
Vice President
HealthRIGHT 360
Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Riverside, San Francisco, and Sutter Counties.

Shawn Jenkins,
WestCare California
Fresno, El Dorado, Kern, Sacramento Counties


Norman Sprunck,
Western Pacific Med Corp
Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura Counties

Brett Andrews
PRC-Baker Places
San Francisco County

Jack Bernstein
Los Angeles County

Doug Bond
Amity Foundation
Los Angeles, Madera, San Bernardino, San Diego Counties


Deena Duncan
Volunteers of America
Los Angeles County

Luis Montes
Narcotics Prevention Association Inc.
Los Angeles County

Alex Dodd
Aegis Treatment Centers
Butte, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Merced, Placer, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Sutter, Ventura, Yuba Counties

Michael Joseph
Phoenix Houses of California, Inc.
Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura Counties

Juan Navarro
Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Los Angeles County

Shirley Summers
Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Los Angeles, Orange Counties

Sushma Taylor, Ph.D.
Center Point, Inc.
Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, Sacramento, Kings, Riverside Counties