Role of State Alcohol and Drug Agencies

The Single State Agency (SSA) is the lead agency in each State or jurisdiction responsible for managing federal funds dedicated to addressing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery. These agencies are governed by different statutes and regulations, vary in terms of their exact functions, size, and placement within State government. Yet these same agencies also share common characteristics as well. The development of effective federal policy requires an awareness and appreciation of the important role State alcohol and drug agencies play in managing our nation’s prevention, treatment, and recovery system.

This resource explores seven key responsibilities of the SSA:

  • Managing the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant;
  • Managing Opioid-Specific Grants to States;
  • Promoting Effectiveness Through Planning, Oversight, And Accountability;
  • Reporting Data;
  • Promoting and Ensuring Quality;
  • Encouraging Coordination Across State Government; and
  • Working with the Provider Community.


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