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.

2.84.060    Powers and duties.

2.84.010 Established—Statutory authority.

The Substance Use Disorder Commission is established under the authority of Government Code Section 31000.1 and in compliance with SCCC 2.38.060. [Ord. 5279 § 11, 2018; Ord. 4278 § 2, 1993].

2.84.020 Purpose.

The purpose of the Commission is to work towards the prevention of substance use disorder in the County, the successful rehabilitation of those persons affected by substance use disorder and the provision of high-quality public and private programs to eliminate substance use disorder in the County. [Ord. 5279 § 11, 2018; 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 substance use disorder in the community. Persons recovering from substance use disorder should have a minimum of two years’ continuous abstinence from substance use to be eligible to serve on the Commission. The Commission shall not include any person, or the spouse of that person, who is:

(1)    A member of a board of directors or advisory body or employee of any County-operated substance use disorder services program or provider of substance use disorder 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 County, 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 Agency;

(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. 5291 § 5, 2019; Ord. 5279 § 11, 2018; 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 their term, a member ceases to retain the status which qualified that person for appointment to the Commission, their 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)    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 their 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. 5279 § 11, 2018; 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)    Staff Support. The Health Services Agency shall provide staff support for the Commission. The County Substance Use Disorder Services Program Administrator, or their designated representative, shall serve as Administrative Secretary to the Commission and shall participate in all meetings in an advisory role. The Administrative Secretary shall record the actions taken at meetings, record pertinent discussion at meetings, prepare correspondence and other written information resulting from or to be discussed at meetings, and notify members and the public of meetings.

(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 delivered to each Commission member, the Director of the Health Services Agency, the County Substance Use Disorder Services Program Administrator, and the directors of contract providers of substance use disorder 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 and Vice-Chairperson 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 their absence;

(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 non-agenda items. Each speaker shall be allowed five minutes to state their 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, subcommittees, or task forces when they have completed their tasks. The Commission Secretary shall notify the Board of Supervisors of the establishment or termination of any committee, subcommittee or task force established by the Commission. [Ord. 5279 § 11, 2018; Ord. 4791 § 1, 2005; Ord. 4560 § 2, 1999; Ord. 4278 § 2, 1993].

2.84.060 Powers and duties.

The Commission shall:

(A)    Advise and report directly to the Board of Supervisors and the County Substance Use Disorder Services Program Administrator on policies and goals of the County substance use disorder services and on any matters concerning the development, administration, funding and review of County substance use disorder 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 substance use disorder services, programs, and facilities.

(C)    Review the County’s substance use disorder services 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 substance use disorder services program plans.

(E)    Participate in the process of planning for substance use disorder services in the County.

(F)    Determine the needs of persons affected by substance use disorder in the County and recommend initiation of programs to meet those needs.

(G)    Encourage and educate the public to understand the nature of substance use disorder and encourage support throughout the County for development and implementation of effective prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery programs for substance use disorder.

(H)    Coordinate, with assistance of the County Substance Use Disorder Services Program Administrator, the efforts of various public and private agencies and organizations administering substance use disorder 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 substance use disorder 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. 5279 § 11, 2018].