Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Deals with compliance with Synar in Texas): Has information related to the State of Texas' plan and compliance with the Synar Amendment

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Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 710 Brazos, Austin, Texas 78701, (512)867-8751. Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA) has information related to the State of Texas' plan and compliance with the Synar Amendment--Section 1926(b)(2)(B), Public Health Service Act; Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) Reorganization Act, 42 U.S.C.300x-26. TCADA was not required to comply with the Synar Amendment until 1995. See ADAMHA, Sec. 1926 (a) (2). In order to comply with the Synar Amendment TCADA contracts with both the Texas Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)Institute, Southwest Texas University-San Marcos, Texas and the Texas Department of Health - Office of Smoking and Health to perform compliance inspections. The Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse was originally created in 1953 as the Texas Commission on Alcoholism. The agency was given the added responsibility of administering the state drug abuse program in 1986, enhancing the state's ability to address chemical dependency problems. TCADA's primary mission is to coordinate alcohol and drug abuse services of state and local agencies through the development of education and prevention programs, as well as provide treatment services through direct contracts. TCADA is directed to license all chemical dependency treatment programs; license all chemical dependency counselors; certify driving while intoxicated (DWI) education programs and DWI repeat offender programs; conduct and disseminate research on the incidence and prevalence of drug and alcohol use and compulsive gambling among various populations; educate the public on prevention and treatment of chemical dependency and maintain a public information clearing house of educational materials; and train professionals and interested citizens about substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment. The legislature has also designated the commission as the lead agency for addressing issues relating to substance abusers who have or are at risk of having human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. (Fiscal Size-Up 1996-1997 Biennium Texas State Services, LBB)

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