In August of 2004, a 51-member team of state, federal and local officials in substance abuse prevention-education, treatment and enforcement recommended the creation of the Office of Drug Control Policy.
Prior to making its recommendations, the Statewide Drug Control Assessment Summit conducted a 20-week assessment of substance abuse in Kentucky. The Summit was charged with the responsibility of assessing the effectiveness of existing and new local, state and federal substance abuse programs; soliciting input from citizens about substance abuse issues in their respective communities; and formulating recommendations to improve the balance and effectiveness of statewide drug control efforts.
The ODCP is committed to the values adopted by the Justice & Public Safety Cabinet and the following core values and guiding principles:
- Plan for the development of an effective continuum of prevention and treatment services
- Assure collaboration of prevention, treatment and law enforcement initiatives related to substance abuse
- Provide a repository of information on best practices and standards of practice for prevention, treatment, education and law enforcement (as related to substance abuse)
- Educate communities and families about substance abuse and resources for promoting a healthy lifestyle and assuring safety for Kentucky’s children
- Involve citizens at all levels of planning and implementing effective programs
- Develop standards of practice that assure the development, maintenance and improvement of prevention, treatment, education and law enforcement initiatives
- Coordinate overall research and evaluation of effectiveness of programs and services
Assist and make recommendations regarding the management of existing resources assuring cost efficiency
- Advocate for the enhancement of resources for substance abuse initiatives
- Assist in developing policy and legislation that supports the mission and goals of the agency.
Visit the Office of Drug Control Policy Website