​​​​​​​​The Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council was initially established by executive order in 2008, and codified into law on October 1, 2010, as part of a strategy to develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and strategic approach to ensure efficient and effective use of state and local resources in order to deliver a full continuum of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment services for residents of the state, including the needs of individuals in the criminal justice system as well as those with co-occurring problems requiring specialized services.


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The Council is composed of key state cabinet department secretaries, judges, legislators, addiction specialists and knowledgeable citizens. Major responsibilities of the Council include: identification and recommendations regarding system improvements in coordination with crime prevention and health programs; preparation and annual update of a two year strategic plan that identifies priorities for the delivery and funding of services to the state; ; identifying promising practices, programs and emerging needs in substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment; supporting the work of  the local drug and alcohol abuse councils;  conducting annual surveys of federal and state funds used in Maryland for substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services for the purpose of identifying gaps, duplication, and opportunities for improved coordination and collaboration; and facilitating improved linkages between the criminal justice system and existing drug and alcohol abuse services.  ​