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The mission of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is building a safer, healthier community by preventing and treating alcoholism and drug abuse.

In pursuit of this mission CADA seeks to:

Prevent alcoholism and drug abuse through education and public awareness.
Intervene when symptoms of the problem appear and provide alternative activities, support, and treatment.
Encourage proper diagnosis, treatment and continuum of care for individuals and families with alcoholism, other drug addictions and related problems.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Scott Whiteley

Main address

P.O. Box 28

Santa Barbara, CA 93102 USA

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NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse seeks to prevent and treat substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders among people of all ages. Our prevention efforts also encompass efforts to divert youth and adults experiencing behavioral health issues from the criminal justice system, and to provide youth development opportunities that help prevent youth from engaging in the use of alcohol and drugs and take an advocacy and leadership role in their community to support healthy decision making and wellness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Project Recovery Adult Treatment Program

Project Recovery Adult Treatment Program offers structured outpatient treatment programs for adults with alcohol and substance dependence issues. We offer both day and evening programs, as well as programs targeting clients with specialized needs. Our comprehensive services are delivered by state certified drug and alcohol counselors and individualized for each client at appropriate levels of care. Each client has a primary counselor who develops their treatment plan and links them with services to support their recovery including health care, mental health services, job placement, sober living environments, and more. Individual and crisis counseling are available as needed, in addition to group treatment modalities. Project Recovery also operates a residential treatment program that includes supervised withdrawal management from drugs and alcohol and linkage to aftercare services.

Population(s) Served

The Daniel Bryant Youth & Family Treatment Center provides safe, effective outpatient treatment for young people ages 12-19 who are struggling with alcohol and other drug problems. 
Our treatment services are founded upon evidence-based curricula that give young clients the knowledge, structure, and support to evaluate the significance of their drug and alcohol use, move them to a place of abstinence, and provide support for sustained recovery. Treatment consists of group counseling, drug testing, and individual and family counseling. Treatment services are available in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

CADA provides trained Youth Service Specialists (YSSs) who work at junior highs and high schools throughout Santa Barbara County, providing a continuum of alcohol and other drug related prevention and intervention services. Youth Service Specialists take an interactive approach in working with students. They provide an all-inclusive support system consisting of confidential counseling, parent and teacher conferences, prevention education, and organizing sober events and activities. Students see the Youth Service Specialists as being both safe and supportive, especially in times of crisis.

CADA also provides mental health and substance abuse counselors in elementary schools and secondary schools throughout Santa Barbara County who address early onset mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, and offer therapeutic interventions for youth experiencing trauma, substance use, and behavioral issues.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The Mentor Program matches students in the fourth to eight grades in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta with trained, compatible adult mentors. Mentors meet with their students for one hour per week at the student’s school campus. The commitment is a minimum of one academic year. Students are referred to the Mentor Program for a variety of reasons including: academic difficulties, challenging family situations, difficulty relating to peers, shyness, and negative behaviors or attitudes. Mentors help build self-confidence, resiliency, and social skills by developing a positive one-on-one relationship where support and friendship are provided.

The Mentor program staff coordinate the matches between students and mentors and provide ongoing training and individual support. In addition to helping facilitate a support network, our mentor workshops include discussions led by professional guest speakers on topics such as: utilizing community resources, drug and alcohol abuse, gang dynamics, bullying, communication skills, and positive self-image.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

An innovative approach to juvenile justice, Teen Court acts as an early intervention for first time offenders by diverting them out of the traditional juvenile system. Youth avoid a criminal record while still being held accountable for their actions. All functions of Teen Court are carried out by teens, and sentences include jury duty, community service, counseling, and educational classes. Youth may be referred to substance abuse treatment if appropriate.

Teen Court is an exciting concept that provides real consequences for first time juvenile offenders and involves teen volunteers and former Teen Court defendants in the court process. Teen Court does not determine guilt or innocence, only the consequences for an admitted offense. A teen offender can participate in Teen Court if he or she admits guilt and signs a contract agreeing to comply with the sentence handed down by a jury of his or her peers. It is a voluntary program.

Teen Court is operated in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Superior Court, which provides courtrooms throughout the county for our Teen Court hearings. Volunteer judges and attorneys serve as Teen Court Judges to mentor youth in the proceedings. Many nonprofit organizations serve as community service sites.

Parents of Teen Court clients are referred to the Parent Program, based on the award winning Parent Project curriculum.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Teen Court-top 3 intervention programs in California 2002

CA Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Committee

Fighting Back Community Collaboration Effectiveness 2001

California State Attorney General's Office

Award for Reducing Substance Abuse in California 1999

Partnership for a Drug Free California

NCADD National Award-Teen Court 2006

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency

National Prevention Award-Youth Services System 2002

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency

Affiliations & memberships

Member of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people receiving treatment for a substance use or mental health disorder.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Adults, Substance abusers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This includes treatment services at our adolescent and family treatments center, and our adult outpatient and residential treatment centers, and school and community based mental health treatment.

Number of at-risk students receiving one-to-one mentoring services from trained, adult mentors.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

School Based Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Fewer youth were matched with mentors in 2020 due to school closures during the pandemic.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CADA's goals are to:
(1) Prevent alcoholism and drug abuse through education and public awareness.
(2) Intervene when symptoms of the problem appear and provide alternative activities, support, and treatment.
(3) Encourage proper diagnosis, treatment and continuum of care for individuals and families with alcoholism, other drug addictions and mental health concerns.

For the past 73 years, the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) has been focused on preventing and treating the disease of alcohol and drug addiction, and mobilizing a community-wide effort throughout the greater Santa Barbara area to address this problem. CADA's prevention efforts begin by providing Youth Service Specialists and school-based counselors in elementary and secondary schools who work with youth at risk for mental health or substance abuse problems, and organize sober activities, youth leadership clubs, and prevention education efforts that support a drug-free school environment and lifestyle.

Our school-based mentoring program provides at-risk youth with trained adult mentors who offer them the academic, social, and emotional support they need to resist alcohol and drug use.

We offer youth who have committed a first-time misdemeanor offense a second chance through our Teen Court diversion program and our Youth Empowerment Services (YES) diversion program and have been a pioneer in engaging teens in treatment through these programs. We also reach out to the parents of these youth by enrolling them in our Parent Program education and support groups.

Our treatment programs for teens at three Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Centers can last from 8 weeks to 6 months, dependent on the level of needed care, and can include intensive, family-focused treatment using Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy.

Our adult services reach out into the community through our Resource and Referral Center at Project Recovery and through employee assistance programs (SAVE) offered to local businesses. CADA operates a 12-bed residential treatment center providing supervised withdrawal to those taking the first step in conquering their alcohol or drug addiction and up to 90 days of residential treatment. Our outpatient treatment programs at Project Recovery offer both day and evening programs to accommodate working adults and special groups for Spanish-speaking clients and for those with concurrent mental health and substance abuse problems. Our Perinatal Program provides intensive outpatient treatment for pregnant and parenting women, with on site childcare for their children.

For the past 29 years, CADA has served as the administrative agency for the Santa Barbara Fighting Back Leadership Coalition, which has brought together a dedicated group of community leaders to focus on policies, public awareness efforts, and systems change to prevent substance abuse and increase access to treatment.

CADA's services are available to anyone who is impacted by alcohol or other drugs and cross the borders of gender, gender preference, age, race, ethnicity or national origin. No one is refused services due to an inability to pay. Most of our clients come from low-income families and could not otherwise afford these services.

CADA has a professional staff of 115 and utilizes over 100 mentors, clinical interns and other trained volunteers in the provision of its services. We aspire to excellence in our clinical services, education, and outreach programs and we ensure that our clients are treated with concern, compassion, and confidentiality. Whenever possible we strive to utilize the latest research-based programming and curricula for our prevention, intervention, and treatment programs.

Our school-based counselors either hold Masters degrees in Marriage and Family Counseling or Social Work, or have training specialized in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Our substance abuse treatment centers meet all of the credentialing requirements of the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. We are Medi-Cal certified to provide services at Project Recovery Treatment Centers and the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Treatment Centers. All programs are monitored by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and include on-site reviews to determine that the clinics are in full compliance with federal and state Medi-Cal requirements.

CADA is a well-established organization with successful prevention, intervention and treatment programs. We are proud of our many school-based programs that benefit from being part of the daily school environment, such as school-based mental health counselors in K-12 schools. We are working with our community partners and with the schools to bring more mental health counseling resources to our school campuses as see this as a priority growth area for our agency.

Our Teen Court program was featured in a video report to Congress. It has one of the most progressive youth court/treatment models in the country and has been a recipient of federal funds to link Teen Court clients to substance abuse treatment. We are initiating a new juvenile diversion program in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Probation Department and UCSB, called "Youth Empowerment Services" (YES), that diverts youth directly referred by schools and law enforcement from the juvenile justice system and develop a restorative action plan based on an assessment of their strengths and needs.

We are the recipient of a five-year federal grant from SAMHSA the is funding a program provide Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) to adolescents and young adults with substance use disorders throughout our continuum of care. MDFT serves youth with a wide array of challenges between the ages of 10-26 and their families/caregivers. CADA is the only nonprofit agency in Santa Barbara County offering this highly effective therapy, which is nationally regarded as the gold standard for adolescent substance abuse treatment.

We operate a free or low-cost social model residential treatment center in Santa Barbara for those who cannot afford medically assisted withdrawal management in a hospital environment. We continue to expand our substance abuse treatment services for those with both a mental health and substance abuse diagnosis. We also work closely in collaboration with the courts to provide substance abuse diversion programs.

We are a founding member of the Santa Barbara Opioid Safety Coalition (, and work with our partners to save lives and prevent opioid misuse through expanding public education and media outreach, enhancing opioid surveillance, preventing overdose and promoting Naloxone distribution, promoting safe disposal practices, encouraging early intervention, and expanding treatment access and recovery throughout Santa Barbara County.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    CADA serves people of all ages, genders, sexual orientation and ethnicities who are at risk for or suffering from a substance use disorder and/or co-occurring mental health disorder. CADA also provides prevention programs for at-risk children and youth to support their social and emotional health, as well as programs that divert youth from the juvenile justice system based on restorative justice practices, positive youth development, and behavioral health services as indicated.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    To increase access, we are continually adapting service locations and hours, as well as offering tele-health services. During the pandemic we utilized tele-health services to remove geographic barriers, to enable us to include parents in youth treatment sessions by extending our services during evening hours when parents were at home, and to increase access for clients who normally would have transportation or workplace barriers to attending in person services. For these reasons we will continue to provide the flexibility of tele-health sessions for clients who need them.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback from our clients helps address the stigma often associated with seeking help for a behavioral health disorder and increases our understanding and respect for our clients. Many of our staff are themselves in recovery and offer an experienced and judgement-free approach to engaging clients. CADA therapists use a trauma informed approach which carefully considers the trauma history of our clients, and how that might affect their approach to recovery and their ability to successfully participate in diverse types of treatment. Our treatment plans are individualized and meet clients where they are; clients help determine their own treatment plans.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,



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Board of directors
as of 12/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

R. Michael Hullander, MD

Pacific Pain Physicians

Term: 2019 - 2026

Rosanne Marquis

Community Volunteer

Bob Bryant

Owner, Bryant & Sons Jewelers

Betsy Turner

Community Volunteer

Diana MacFarlane

Sr. Loan Consultant/Real Estate Financing

J. Gordon Auchincloss

Retired Chief Assistant DA

John Herzog

Enterprise Account Executive

Gary Clancy

Founder, Container Technology, Inc.

Stacy Borek

Founder, Capital B Financial Planning

Sherif El Asouty


Rogelio Flores

Retired Judge

Dana Mazzetti

Community Volunteer

John Savrnoch

District Attorney, Santa Barbara County

Wayne Stelly

Retired Aerospace Project Manager

Michael Tantleff

Retired Senior Vice President of Investments with Wells Fargo

Andria Kahmann

Realtor, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Catherine Lauber

Tax Preparer, CPA

Carol-Anne Lonson

Owner, Canzelle Alpaca Ranch

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/13/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.