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State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council (cont.)
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.
 
Local Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council
The state legislature enacted regulations that require that each of the 24 jurisdictions in Maryland establish a local drug and alcohol abuse council. Each council’s membership is composed of local government officials, members of the judiciary, prevention and treatment providers, and other key stakeholders. Councils are responsible for preparing a two year strategic plan that includes strategies and priorities of the jurisdiction for meeting the identified needs of the general public and the criminal justice system for alcohol and drug abuse evaluation, prevention and treatment services. Councils are also required to submit reports every 6 months to the Alcohol and Drug Administration on their progress in implementing the plan.