AOD Advisory Board
To further the mission of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board and to involve the community, the Advisory Board coordinates and supports the following projects in Contra Costa County:
People Who Make a Difference Awards
With support of the Board of Supervisors, the Advisory Board acknowledges volunteer, non-volunteer individuals and groups that have significantly contributed towards reducing substance use in our communities.
Recovery Champion Award
Once a year the Advisory Board recognizes individuals or organizations for their efforts in enhancing and improving the lives of people in recovery. The award(s) are presented by the Advisory Board.
Board members participate in various community events such as National Night Out and County-wide health fairs distributing AOD literature. The Board also convenes Educational Forums, Round Table discussions, and Learning Series intended to raise awareness about important and current topics related to alcohol and other drugs.
Prescription Drug Misuse Panel
Advocacy Efforts to Increase Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment
The goal of Alcohol and Other Drugs Services is to provide fair access to treatment; however, without adequate funding, treatment can't be provided appropriately. The Advisory Board advocates to increase Alcohol and Other Drug treatment in Contra Costa County.
Non-Volunteer Individual Award Jaime Villones, Alcoholic Beverage Control
Discovery House Grand Opening, September 2003
Left to right: Bob Kajdan, AODS Program Manager, Supervisor Gayle Uilkema, John Sweeten, County Administrator, Dr. William Walker, CCHealth Services Director
AOD Prevention Campaigns/Partnerships
Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Communities Lock it Up presentation to the Board of Supervisors
Youth Summit Summer of 2004
Each year, the Advisory Board, in conjunction with AODS' Youth, Family and Community System of Care Providers and various community organizations, sponsor the following campaigns to raise awareness and educate communities about AOD issues:
- Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness month (March)
- Alcohol Awareness Month (April)
- Red Ribbon Week (October)
Additionally, in 2004 the Board supported the AODS' Youth Summit to develop the Youth Developed Guide to AOD Indicators.
AOD Board 2017 Goals
- Advocate for more affordable sober leaving housing
- Assess AOD-related reentry resources and needs.
- Support the reduction of youth use and access of alcohol and marijuana.