Chapter 2.84


2.84.010    Established—Statutory authority.

2.84.020    Purpose.

2.84.030    Membership.

2.84.040    Term of office.

2.84.050    Organization and procedures.

2.84.010 Established—Statutory authority.

The Commission is established under the authority of Section 11964.5 of the Health and Safety Code and in compliance with SCCC 2.38.060. [Ord. 4278 § 2, 1993].

2.84.020 Purpose.

The Commission shall exercise the following responsibilities in its efforts to achieve the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse in the County, the successful rehabilitation of those persons affected by alcohol and other drug abuse, and the provision of high-quality public and private programs to eliminate alcohol and other drug abuse in the County.

(A)    Advise and report directly to the Board of Supervisors and the County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator, on policies and goals of the County alcohol and other drug abuse programs, and on any matters concerning the development, administration, funding and review of County alcohol and other drug abuse programs and services, or any other related matters which are referred to the Commission by the administrator or which are raised by the Commission.

(B)    Review and evaluate the community’s alcohol and other drug abuse program needs, services, facilities and special programs.

(C)    Review the County alcohol and drug program plans and any amendments thereto.

(D)    Review and approve the procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process leading to the formulation and adoption of the County alcohol and other drug abuse program plans.

(E)    Participate in the process of planning for alcohol and other drug abuse services in the County.

(F)    Determine the needs of persons affected by alcohol and other drug abuse in the County and recommend initiation of programs to meet those needs.

(G)    Encourage and educate the public to understand the nature of alcoholism and other drug dependencies and alcohol and other drug abuse problems; and encourage support throughout the County for development and implementation of effective alcohol and other drug prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery programs.

(H)    Coordinate, with assistance of the County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator, the efforts of various public and private agencies and organizations administering alcohol and other drug abuse programs in the County to ensure the effectiveness of such programs.

(I)    Communicate and coordinate Commission activities with other County agencies and advisory bodies concerned with alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.

(J)    Exercise any other responsibilities which may be set forth in the Commission’s bylaws approved by the Board of Supervisors.

(K)    Promote State and Federal legislation that supports the goals of the Commission. [Ord. 4278 § 2, 1993].

2.84.030 Membership.

(A)    The Commission shall consist of 10 members, residents of the County, appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The Commission shall be composed of persons who have a personal commitment to or a professional interest in alleviating alcohol and other drug abuse problems in the community. Persons recovering from alcoholism or other drug addiction should have a minimum of two years’ continuous abstinence from alcohol and/or other drugs to become eligible for appointment to or serving on the Commission. The Commission shall not include any person, or his or her spouse, who is:

(1)    A member of a board of directors or advisory body or employee of any County-operated alcohol or drug program or provider of alcohol or drug services operating under a contract with the County;

(2)    A member of any advisory body to, or a person who holds any similar position or title on a compensated or non-compensated basis in, a program which seeks to or possesses a license pursuant to Chapter 9 of the Health and Safety Code (commencing with Section 11836);

(3)    A direct recipient of any State funds allocated under this part pursuant to a contract with the department, which shall include compensation for contracted services from or membership on an advisory body or board of directors of the entity which receives funds;

(4)    An employee of the County’s Health Services Department;

(5)    A member of the Board of Supervisors;

(6)    A person on the staff of a member of the Board of Supervisors.

(B)    Each Supervisor shall nominate two persons who may reside within the Supervisor’s district. Members shall include representatives from various economic, social, and occupational groups, and shall be broadly representative of the demographic characteristics of the County. [Ord. 4560 § 1, 1999; Ord. 4278 § 2, 1993].

2.84.040 Term of office.

(A)    Each member shall serve for a term of four years commencing on April 1st of the year in which said member’s nominating Supervisor begins a full term. In the event that prior to expiration of his or her term, a member ceases to retain the status which qualified him or her for appointment to the Commission, his or her membership shall terminate and there shall be a vacancy on the Commission which may be filled by nomination of the Supervisor who previously nominated that position.

(B)    Any Supervisor may at any time review and remove any Commission member nominated to represent that Supervisor’s district. In addition, any Commission member may be removed from office by a four-fifths vote of the Board of Supervisors favoring such removal.

(C)    A vacancy shall exist and shall be reported in writing by the Commission Chairperson to the Board of Supervisors, the Clerk of the Board, and the member vacating his or her seat whenever a Commission member fails to attend three regular meetings of either the Commission or of any standing committee created pursuant to SCCC 2.84.050(F) within any 12-month period without good cause entered in the minutes of the Commission. [Ord. 4278 § 2, 1993].

2.84.050 Organization and procedures.

(A)    General Organization. The Commission shall comply in all respects with SCCC 2.38.060 unless otherwise provided herein.

(B)    County Staff. The Health Services Agency shall provide staff support for the Commission. The County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator, or his or her designee, shall serve as Administrative Secretary to the Commission and shall participate in all meetings in an advisory role.

(C)    Meetings. The Commission shall meet at least monthly in various locations throughout the County. Other meetings may be scheduled as determined by Commission membership and/or by the Chairperson.

(1)    Five days prior to each meeting, the following items shall be mailed to each Commission member, to the Health Services Administrator, County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator and the Directors of Contract Providers of Alcohol and/or Drug Services:

(a)    Minutes of prior meeting,

(b)    Agenda,

(c)    Any written material to be discussed at the meeting;

(2)    A quorum must be present in order for any matters requiring a vote to be acted on. A quorum shall be one person more than one-half of the appointed members of the Commission;

(3)    The public shall be notified of the time and place of regular and special meetings.

(D)    Officers. Members of the Commission shall elect a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and a secretary at the regular April meeting. The duties and responsibilities of the officers are as follows:

(1)    Chairperson: presides over meetings, prepares agendas, represents the Commission, and is responsible for communication with the Board of Supervisors;

(2)    Vice-Chairperson: assumes the duties of chairperson in his/her absence;

(3)    Secretary: records the actions taken at meetings, records pertinent discussion at meetings, prepares correspondence and other written information resulting from or to be discussed at meetings, and notifies members and the public of meetings.

(E)    Agendas.

(1)    Commission members shall present items for the agenda to the Commission Secretary at least two weeks in advance of the meeting;

(2)    The agenda shall include community oral communications limited to nonagenda items. Each item shall be allowed five minutes to state his/her concern during a designated time on the regular business agenda.

(F)    Committees.

(1)    There shall be three standing committees on alcohol issues, other drug issues, and budget issues. Each standing committee shall be maintained with a minimum of three members of the Commission to be appointed as required by the Commission Chairperson and ratified by the Commission membership;

(2)    Other committees, subcommittees or task forces shall be appointed by the Commission Chairperson as needed and ratified by the Commission membership. The Chairperson shall terminate committees, et al., when they have completed their tasks. The Commission Secretary shall notify the Board of Supervisors of the establishment of any committee, subcommittee or task force established by the Commission. [Ord. 4791 § 1, 2005; Ord. 4560 § 2, 1999; Ord. 4278 § 2, 1993].