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Acting Director Michael Cunningham

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Welcome to ADP

ADP Acting Director, Michael Cunningham

After 35 years as a free-standing department leading efforts to reduce alcoholism, drug addiction and problem gambling in California, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs will cease operations and transfer all functions to other departments within the Health and Human Services Agency effective July 1, 2013. In addition, I will be retiring from state service, also effective July 1, 2013. It is with fondness and appreciation that I say thank you to all those who have helped ADP achieve its goals as an independent department during the past three decades.

Over the years, we have launched initiatives and provided leadership and policy coordination for a comprehensive statewide system of alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention, treatment and recovery services. Our Office of Problem Gambling became a national model for a comprehensive approach to prevention and treatment of pathological gambling. Going forward, all of our AOD and problem gambling services will continue under other departments.

The Transition Plan details the transfer of all functions related to AOD services to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and the transfer of the Office of Problem Gambling to the Department of Public Health (DPH). The integration of AOD services with mental health and primary care services is expected to result in a better coordinated system of care and OPG will be featured along with other health promotional programs at DPH.

ADP employees have formed valuable partnerships with service providers and county administrators throughout the state. The transition of services will not diminish these relationships. The department designation may change, but the commitment to service by staff will continue under the new departments.

I applaud the dedicated work of all those who have worked for and with ADP to prevent, treat and facilitate recovery from alcohol and other drug, as well as problem gambling problems. Although I may be retiring from state service, my commitment to working to improve the health and well-being of our diverse communities and the populations we serve is unwavering.

I wish you all well as you continue to make a difference in the lives of those who need the services you so ably provide.

Best wishes in the future,

Michael Cunningham
Acting Director, California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs


Mission and vision


To lead efforts to reduce alcoholism, drug addiction, and problem gambling in California by developing, administering, and supporting prevention, treatment and recovery programs.


To have Californians understand that alcoholism, drug addiction and problem gambling are chronic conditions that can be successfully prevented and treated.


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ADPís Transition Status

In 2012, the Legislature voted to eliminate the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs effective July 1, 2013, and transfer ADPís functions and programs to other department(s) within the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS). This reorganization initially was proposed for July 1, 2012, however, the Legislature wanted to allow more time for affected departments to engage stakeholders and develop a detailed plan for a smooth transition and minimal impact on service delivery. read more


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