About ODCP

In 2017, West Virginia developed an Opioid Response Plan that addresses key topics from prevention to treatment and recovery. Because of recommendations in the plan, West Virginia Legislators passed House Bill 2620, the West Virginia Drug Control Policy Act, creating the Office of Drug Control Policy within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to improve drug overdose surveillance and help strengthen the response. The policy enacted the creation of a central repository that will store drug overdose information, making drug overdoses a notifiable condition and placing limits on opioid prescribing. This proposal will build upon West Virginia’s efforts to access complete and timely data while providing support to state and community professionals to inform the scope of the epidemic and assist in targeting prevention and response efforts. 

Click here to view the West Virginia 2020-2022 Substance Use Response Plan.

Meet the Executive Director

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Robert “Bob” Hansen, Executive Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), plans and directs West Virginia’s efforts in combating the opioid epidemic. He was appointed to this position in December 2018 by Governor Jim Justice. Bob also serves as the Director of Addiction Services for Marshall Health.

Early in his career, Bob served as Director of DHHR’s Office of Behavioral Health Services. He then became President and CEO of Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, Inc. of Huntington, West Virginia.

Bob has served as a governing board member of Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital and President of the Behavioral Health Care Providers Association of West Virginia. He earned a B.A. from Marietta College, and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Syracuse University.

Assistant Director, Rachel Thaxton
Strategic Planner, Gary Krushansky
Executive Assistant to the Director, Dora Radford
WV Department of Health and Human Resources
Office of Drug Control Policy
One Davis Square, Suite 100 East
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-0684