Administrative Structure

The Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act requires that the Department of Health develop a state plan for the control, prevention, intervention, treatment, rehabilitation, research, education, and training aspects of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence problems.  Through this act, the provision of publicly funded drug and alcohol services has had a strong community orientation through a system of Single County Authorities (SCAs).

In Lawrence County, the Commissioners designated the Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol Commission (LCDAC) as the Single County Authority (SCA).  Responsibilities include planning, coordination, monitoring and administration of drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, and treatment services for Lawrence County.  Established in 1990, the LCDAC is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors.  The Board consists of eleven (11) voting members representing the community at large.

Quality oversight is provided by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.  Funding is provided through the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (PA Department of Public Welfare) and other sources.

HealthChoices Program Administration

The Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol Commission, in conjunction with the Lawrence County Mental Health and Developmental Services Program, manages the HealthChoices Program (Pennsylvania’s public behavioral health managed care program) for the County of Lawrence.