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Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse - RG 223 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse - RG 223
Variant Name: Illinois Dangerous Drugs Commission

Historical Note:

The Illinois Dangerous Drugs Commission was created by law in 1974. It was composed of the director of the Department of Mental Health, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the directors of the Departments of Corrections, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Vocational Rehabilitation, Public Aid, and Children and Family Services, and three interested public members appointed by the Governor. It selected its own executive director who was known as the State Drug Abuse Coordinator. The commission acted as the state planning agency under the Federal Drug Abuse Office and Treatment Act of 1972. It was charged with developing and implementing a statewide plan to improve treatment programs and facilities, establishing priorities within improvement plans, serving as a central clearing house for related data collection and dissemination, coordinating and allocating federal and state funding, promoting interagency coordination, conducting public hearings and promoting public awareness, and licensing and regulating treatment providers and facilities (P.A. 78-977, pp. 46-52).

The newly created Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse assumed the commission's duties and functions in July 1984 (P.A. 83-969, p. 6464). Its focus continues to be on alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, after care, and research. The Illinois Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse is the department's central advisory authority. The council is made up of a state's attorney, a judge, a public defender, a local law enforcement officer, a labor representative, an educator, a physician, ten other interested public members, four members of the General Assembly's House and four members of its Senate, the executive director of the Commission on Children, and the presidents of the Illinois Alcohol and Drug Dependence Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Illinois Hospital Association, the Illinois Nurses' Association, the Illinois Pharmacists' Association, and the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Labor Management Administrators and Consultants on Alcoholism. The council advises the department on public awareness and prevention programs, proposed departmental rules and regulations, proposed related Department of Public Health rules and regulations, and recommended treatment plans (P.A. 83-969, pp. 6473-6474).

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