About Us

The California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives, Inc., CAADPE, is a statewide membership association of community-based agencies that advocate for accessible and quality substance use disorder services for our communities.

  • Is the voice for the substance use disorder field in the halls of the state capitol and before government agencies.
  • Conduct public education about reducing substance use in our communities.
  • Works with legislators and allied coalitions to advocate for accessible and quality substance use disorder services on behalf of individuals with chronic addiction.
  • Brings members together to participate in the public discourse about substance use disorder services.
  • Communicates with its members through the CAADPE website, our e-newsletter, and special members alerts.
  • Active participation in an statewide advocacy network.For more about membership, click here
  • Board of Directors: CAADPE is led by a volunteer Board of Directors representing a diversity of geography, organizational types and fields, and personal backgrounds. For more about the Board of Directors,click here.

CAADPE, the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives, Inc is a professional association of community-based nonprofit and profit alcohol recovery and other substance use disorder treatment agency executives.

Member agencies provide substance use disorder treatment services at over 300 sites in California. Established in 1989, CAADPE is the only state-wide association representing all types of substance use disorder treatment programs.

CAADPE is organized by chapters throughout the state and is headquartered in Sacramento for easy access to state government. A volunteer board of directors, elected by the members, guides the association and its policies on issues vital to its members. Our organization sponsors professional education and training programs and conducts public education about the need for quality alcohol and other substance use disorder services to meet the need of the community.


It is through the committee structure that CAADPE addresses the needs of the field and identifies the policy issues of the organization. CAADPE members are urged to volunteer their time in their respective areas of expertise.

Legislative Committee

Reviews proposed state and federal legislation and regulatory changes to make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding CAADPE’s position. Once the board has adopted a position, CAADPE implements its advocacy strategy.

Workforce Development Committee

Assists members in providing superior services to clients by developing professional standards of care and forming an adequate workforce. These professional standards are measured by excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics and professional development.

Services Committee

Reviews and makes recommendations about state and federal regulatory proposals to change the manner in which treatment agencies operate. Also identifies policies that may facilitate and/or hinder the development of quality treatment facilities.

Executive Committee

The executive committee is mostly made up of association officers who conduct the day-to-day business of the association.

Criminal Justice Committee

Review and makes recommendations about proposed state legislation and review issues surrounding the criminal justice system and CDCR.

CAADPE has taken the lead in the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) community, announcing its SUPPORT for the
Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) waiver.

Board of Directors

A member-elected Board of Directors guides the association.
The board reviews policies, makes recommendations, and takes positions on issues impacting the substance use disorder field. CAADPE board members represent providers from a number of working groups and agencies across the state.

Albert M. Senella,
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.
Kern, Los Angeles, Orange,
Riverside, San Bernardino, and
Ventura Counties

Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed. D.,
Vice President
HealthRIGHT 360
Kings, Los Angeles, Madera,
Riverside, San Francisco,
and Sutter Counties.

Shawn Jenkins, Secretary
WestCare California
Fresno, El Dorado, Kern,
Sacramento Counties

Norman Sprunck,
Western Pacific Med Corp
Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura

Jack Bernstein
Los Angeles County
Christine Bierdrager-Salley,

Inland Behavioral & Health
Services, Inc.
Riverside and San Bernardino

Doug Bond
Amity Foundation
Los Angeles, Madera, San
Bernardino and San Diego Counties

Kimberly Hendrix
Volunteers of America
Los Angeles County

Luis Montes
Narcotics Prevention
Association Inc.
Los Angeles County

Stephen Maulhardt
Aegis Treatment Centers
Butte, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles
Merced, Placer, San Bernardino,
San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo,
Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Sutter,
Ventura, Yuba Counties

Juan Navarro
Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Los Angeles County

Shirley Summers
Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Los Angeles, Orange Counties

Sushma Taylor, Ph.D.
Center Point, Inc.
Marin, Sonoma, Alameda,
Sacramento, Kings and Riverside

Elvia Torres
SPIRITT Family Services
Los Angeles County