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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.

September is: National Recovery Month

Each Year in September the Advisory Board hosts the Recovery Champion Award. This Annual proclamation recognizes individuals or organizations for their efforts in enhancing and improving the lives of people in recovery. The Honorable Judge Clare Maier received the 2016 Recovery Champion Award for her support in speaking at the Annual Recovery Walk in September and the Annual Recovery Day at San Quentin, as well as Jennifer Sanchez a Manager at Peet's Coffee in Walnut Creek, for her support in donating coffee and ensuring that Support4Recovery is the recipient of the Walnut Creek Peet's annual donation.

Community Events

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

  1. Advocate for more affordable sober leaving housing
  2. Assess AOD-related reentry resources and needs.
  3. Support the reduction of youth use and access of alcohol and marijuana.