SCAODA: History

The State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse was originally created in the Office of the Governor in August 1970 to provide leadership and coordination regarding alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) issues confronting the state. By fiscal year 1992-93, state agencies were responsible for approximately 156 AODA programs with a total budget of $141.4 million. Subsequently, 1993 Wisconsin Act 210 was enacted on April 6, 1994, merging the State Council with the separate Citizens Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. Act 210 expanded the duties and the membership of the State Council, and charged the Council with providing leadership in Wisconsin around substance use disorder issues, including: advising Wisconsin state agencies on substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery activities; reviewing pending legislation; developing two-year plans to guide administration of the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant; reviewing state biennial budgets as they relate to alcohol and other drugs, and making recommendations to the Governor and Legislators. SCAODA members are appointed by the Governor and represent most cabinet level agencies, two constitutional offices, the legislature, treatment providers, consumers, and citizens.


The statutory membership of the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse is as follows:

  1. The Governor
  2. State Senator (majority party)
  3. State Senator (minority party)
  4. State Assembly Representative (majority party)
  5. State Assembly Representative (minority party)
  6. The Attorney General
  7. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  8. The Secretary of Health Services
  9. The Commissioner of Insurance
  10. The Secretary of Corrections
  11. The Secretary of Transportation
  12. Chairperson of the Pharmacy Examining Board
  13. A representative of the Controlled Substances Board
  14. A member of the Wisconsin County Human Service Association, Inc.
  15. A member of the Governor's Law Enforcement & Crime Commission
  16. A representative of a direct provider of services to alcoholics and other drug abusers
  17. Six public members

Ex Officio members added by the Council include representatives of:

  1. Department of Revenue
  2. Department of Veterans Affairs
  3. Department of Workforce Development
  4. Department of Safety and Professional Services
  5. Department of Children and Families
  6. Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Division of Public Health
  7. Wisconsin Technical College System
  8. University of Wisconsin System
  9. Liaison to the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health
  10. Liaison to the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
  11. Addictionologist representing Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine
Last Revised: November 25, 2020

This content reflects the views and opinions of the advisory council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DHS.