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Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

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The Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, an operating division of the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF) within the West Virginia Division of Health and Human Services is charged in code with being the Single State Authority (SSA) primarily responsible for prevention, control, treatment, rehabilitation, educational research and planning for substance abuse related services.
  •  Establishing policy to be followed in administering programs
  • Assuring compliance with state rules and federal guidelines
  • Dispersing and administering all federal funds or other monies allotted to the department related to Substance Abuse


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Substance Abuse Services in West Virginia

West Virginia is committed to creating communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, coalitions and workplaces plan collaboratively and take action to promote good emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness and substance abuse.

The Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities provides training, technical assistance and funding support through WV State Revenue and federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant dollars to community providers offering a full continuum of substance abuse services. 

  • 6 Regional Prevention Grantees
  • SBIRT Projects/ Sites
  • 13 Comprehensive Behavioral Health Centers

Strategic Planning

In 2010, the newly integrated Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF) with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration, initiated a formal statewide needs assessment process for all substance abuse services in support of developing a comprehensive strategic plan. On September 6, 2011, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin created Executive Order 5-11, establishing the Governor;s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse (GACSA) and six (6) Regional Task Forces(RTF's).  These newly formed entities meet regularly and share a collective charge to provide guidance regarding implementation of the approved Comprehensive Statewide Substance Abuse Strategic Action Plan, recommend priorities for the improvement of the statewide substance abuse continuum of care, identify planning opportunities with interrelated systems and receive input from the RTF's to collectively provide recommendations to the Governor emphasizing the enhancement of: substance abuse education; collecting, sharing, and utilizing data; and supporting policy and legislative action. 

Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery System

Priority 1
Assessment and Planning

Implement an integrated approach for the collection, analysis, interpretation and use of data to inform planning, allocation and monitoring of the WV substance abuse service delivery system.

Priority 2

Build the capacity and competency of WV's substance abuse workforce and other stakeholders to effectively plan, implement, and sustain comprehensive, culturally relevant services.

Priority 3

Increase access to effective substance abuse prevention, early identification, treatment and recovery management that is high quality and person- centered.

 Priority 4

Manage resources effectively by promoting good stewardship and further development of the WV substance abuse service delivery system.


                                                                                        West Virginia Comprehensive Substance Abuse Strategic Plan

The needs assessment process to support strategic plan development for Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery services was initiated in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with a meeting of key stakeholders and representatives of the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF) in June 2010.  A total of 14 focus groups and community forums engaging more than 400 participants were conducted to assess current public perception about substance misuse, use, and abuse, treatment availability, prevention efforts and what is currently absent from and working effectively in communities across the state. In addition, various topic or agency specific work sessions (youth, law enforcement and others) have been convened or are planned to support a full understanding of and development of action strategies needed.

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