If you have any questions concerning yourself, a family member or friend, but you do not know where to turn, your County D&A office is there to provide professional, confidential assistance on all matters pertaining to D&A prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support. Addiction is a disease and recovery is possible so take that first step to a healthier more productive life. Please call or stop by.
The Commission seeks to assist County residents who have problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
The Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs serves as the Single County Authority (SCA) for substance abuse services within Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties. Its primary mission is to prevent the onset of substance abuse and addiction whenever possible and where it does exist to mitigate its deleterious effects on individuals, families, and the community as a whole. In order to achieve this the SCA is committed to the provision and maintenance of a full range of high quality and cost effective alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention, intervention, and treatment services responsive to the particular needs of the citizens of Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties.
The SCA has management and direct service responsibilities in the following areas:
- Administration– programmatic and fiscal oversight of the drug and alcohol system within its county jurisdiction. This includes, but is not limited to, planning, development, support and maintenance of a comprehensive D/A system responsive to local community needs while ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations and guidelines. Of primary importance is maximizing the search and procurement of all available monies from diverse funding sources.
- Prevention– primary source of most school-based and community-based programming in Lackawanna & Susquehanna counties. Activities include, but are not limited to, curricula training in substance abuse, violence prevention and tobacco; PDE SAP trainers to northeast school districts; support group facilitation at elementary, middle and high school levels throughout the county; in-service training for school faculties and social service agency staff; community organization in the development of “Partners in Prevention” initiative; parenting programs; sponsor conferences, organize semi-annual multi-media campaigns, and present diversified education and informational programs to the general public.
- Case Management – the point of entry into the drug and alcohol system for all Medical Assistance eligible clients, former welfare recipients, the under-insured or uninsured in the county. Services include assessment, level of care determination, referral and placement, case management and intensive case management. Served as lead agency in the development of common service management protocols for SCA client populations in the northeast region, in the development of the ACT 53 court protocols in use in local and regional courts, and in the planning, implementation, and support of the counties’ drug treatment courts.