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Safe, Healthy Santa Cruz: Improving Response to Substance Abuse Needs

Over the last several months, we have conducted an exhaustive effort with stakeholders and community members to develop a draft strategic plan that has the potential for significantly changing how we deliver SUD treatment services in the community. The draft plan recommendations are broad and detailed, and in order to ensure that key stakeholders have sufficient opportunity to review the draft plan, its issuance to the community is in the process of being rescheduled for a few weeks from now. In addition, we are hopeful that the State and Federal governments will provide further clarification on the expansion of Drug MediCal benefits in the near future. We will contact you shortly with the revised community review meeting date. We appreciate the hard work that many of you have put into developing the draft plan, and we look forward to your participation in the next steps of the planning process.

Previous Meetings

Strategic Planning for Improving Responses to Substance Abuse Needs
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
LOCATION: Del Mar Elementary School
                      1959 Merrill St., Santa Cruz, CA

Items discussed at meeting:

  • treatment & support for substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring disorder (COD) and related issues
  • reduction of costly impacts to individuals, families, and community
  • increase wellness and success of individuals recovering from SUD/COD

A presentation of the SUD Treatment Strategic Plan, included:

  • desired improvements and results
  • proven and innovative solutions, and
  • approaches for advancing how we can work together.

Discussion to include effective services and systems for:

  • treatment & support for substance use disorder (SUD/COD) & related issues
  • reduction of costly impacts to individuals, families, & our community, and
  • increase in wellness & success of individuals recovering from SUD/COD


  • 5:30 PM Greetings from Supervisor John Leopold
                 Overview of strategic plan content
  • 6:30 PM Small group discussion

Telling the Substance Use Story: Data Review and Community Conversation
DATE/TIME: June 11, 2014, 12:30 - 4pm
LOCATION: City of Watsonville Community Room
                      275 Main St., Watsonville, CA 95076

This meeting included a community forum to review data findings on substance use needs and discuss what we can do about it.

Presentation of findings from the strategic plan Needs Assessment and discussions, engaging all sectors, to move our community forward to solutions.

Discussion group format addressed the following questions:

  • What needs stand out?
  • What’s the story behind the need?
  • Is the continuum of need met?


  • 12:30 PM Lunch & Resources
  • 1:00 PM
    • Greetings from Supervisor Greg Caput
    • Here We Are: Telling the community data story
    • Where We Want To Be: Small group discussions
    • Sectors include
      • Public Safety/Justice
      • Housing/Homelessness
      • Mental Health/Co-occurring Disorders
      • Education: Elementary to Higher Ed
      • Health/Health Care
      • Social Services: Children & Families

    3:30 PM How We Will Get There: Review of prioritization criteria for decision-making and next steps.

Needs and Solutions for Substance Abuse:
A Community Conversation

DATE: May 8, 2014
LOCATION: Simpkins Swim Center

This community forum consisted of a discussion of how substance abuse impacts all of us and what we can do about it.

6:30 PM Welcome Reception Resources
7:00 PM Greetings from Supervisor John Leopold Small group discussion.
Topics to include:

  • Public Safety/Justice
  • Mental Health/Co-occurring Disorders
  • Health/Health Care
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Education: Elementary to Higher Education
  • Social Services: Children and Families

A discussion group format will focus on:

  • key issues and contributing factors,
  • proven and innovative solutions, and
  • ideas for advancing how we can work together.

Who Suffers from Substance Abuse?
A Community Conversation

DATE: March 6, 2014
LOCATION: Aptos High School

On March 6, 2014 members of the Santa Cruz County community gathered at Aptos High School for a town hall-style Community Conversation on how substance abuse impacts all of us and what we can do about it. Substance abuse, including addiction, is a chronic disease with devastating impacts on individuals, families, community members and our local systems of services and supports. Consequences of this health condition cost individual and community safety and quality of life, and impose financial burdens on county agencies and community organizations. In fact, everyone in the Santa Cruz County community suffers from the consequences of untreated substance use disorders.

The Community Conversation event was a kickoff for the development of a strategic plan for substance abuse treatment systems and services. Probation, Child Protective Services, and Alcohol and Drug Programs, highlighted successful community solutions. A local resident shared her personal experience, too. The event showcased local examples of coordinated efforts that maximize the incentives and leverage available to our government agencies in order to effectively address the needs associated with substance abuse. Community members provided input on needs and current resources available.

Below are the available presentations and the event agenda:   

We Want Your Input...
Please Send Us Your Input or Comments Regarding the Strategic Plan for Substance Use Treatment. The HSA Alcohol and Drug Program (ADP) is facilitating the development of strategic plan for substance abuse treatment in Santa Cruz County. Over the first six months of 2014, ADP collected information about local needs and resources relevant to substance use disorders (SUDs). Broad community input for this data-driven strategic planning process was used to draft recommendations for SUD/COD treatment systems and services. Emphasis is on successful partnership with sister agencies and the community for effective, coordinated treatment services and supports.
You are welcome to:
• Provide feedback on the planning process
• Comment on the strategic plan
• Indicate your support for the strategic plan recommendations
• Ask questions

Thank you!


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Countywide Substance Use Disorders Strategic Plan and Contract Amendments

Alcohol and Drug Program Draft Strategic Plan for Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment and Intervention Services (2014-2019) 

Alcohol and Drug Program Quantitative Needs and Resources Assessment and Qualitative Highlights (2014-2019)

Alcohol and Drug Program Literature Review: A review of the Research on the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders              


The data collection phase for the strategic plan needs and resources assessment was completed in June 2014. There were three community conversation public forums during this phase for the purposes of sharing information and gathering input. These were held in March 6, May 8, and June 11, 2014. Additional public input was gathered through this web forum, interviews, and focus groups. Findings from this phase appear in the Databook that summarizes qualitative and quantitative results of the Needs and Resources Assessment.            

A planning team was convened to process the results. The planning team consisted of representation from the following sectors: SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery, law enforcement, court system, probation, mental health, hospitals, education, social services, city managers, faith community, community-based organizations, and community members. The group convened for three sessions between June and August and collaboratively synthesized the data to determine recommended changes in the ADP, interagency and community-level response to substance use disorder and co-occurring disorder treatment systems and practices. The input from this phase will be shared and input welcome at the upcoming community conversation              

For additional information or to send additional comments/input, please contact ADP Chief, Dr. Bill Manov at