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Substance Abuse Services Council

The Substance Abuse Services Council (SASC) is established in the Code of Virginia [§2.2-2696] to advise the Governor, the General Assembly and the Board of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) in matters pertaining to substance abuse. Its members are representatives of state agencies, senators, delegates and representatives of provider agencies and advocacy organizations who are appointed by the Governor. The Code requires DBHDS to provide staff and funding to support the operation of the council.

The Substance Abuse Services Council in the Code of Virginia


2017 Substance Abuse Services Council (SASC) meetings dates:

  • Wednesday, March 15
  • Wednesday, April 12
  • Wednesday, May 10
  • Thursday, July 13 

Location: VACSB, 10128 W. Broad Street - Suite B; Glen Allen, VA. 
Time:     10:00a - 12noon

SASC meetings are regularly-scheduled public meetings and everyone is welcome to attend.

For information, please contact:
Kate Marshall: 804-916-9556


May 10, 2017
Martha Kurgans - Virginia's Handle with C.A.R.E. Initiative

April 12, 2017
Gail Taylor, M. Ed - 2017 Virginia Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion System
Gail Taylor, M. Ed - EBWG-Prescription Drug Strategies

August 3, 2016
Richard Firth - Young Adult Substance Abuse Treatment Grant
Mellie Randall - The Opioid Epidemic in Virginia - The Public Treatment System Response

June 14, 2016
Eddie Wirt & Katie Weaks - Snapshot of Alcohol Consumption and Related Trends
Jodi Manz -Governor's Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse Report
Henry Harper - Reduce Tobacco Use Conference 2016

May 11, 2016
Danielle Henderson - Virginia's 2016 Youth Survey

April 6, 2016
Gail Taylor - Behavioral Health Wellness Overview

June 24, 2015
Lt. Kevin Hood and Trooper Byron Treakle - Marijuana and Criminal Interdiction
Det. Joseph Partin - Marijuana in the Commonwealth
Sgt. William K. Winingear - Marijuana Impact: Hampton Roads

May 13, 2015
Brittany Sandidge and Regina Whitsett – Marijuana’s Impact on Colorado - Lessons Learned for Virginia
Malcolm V. King, MS, CSAC – Marijuana and Adolescents - A Companionship Headed for Destruction

September 30, 2014
Malik Burnett, M.D., M.B.A. - Cannabis: History, Therapy, and Public Health - Policy Implications
Rachelle Yeung, JD - Medical Marijuana: The Legal Landscape
Jahan Marcu, Ph.D. - Considering Medical Cannabis

July 30, 2014
Nassima Ait-Daoud Tiouririne, MD - Health Effects of Marijuana Use
Parham Jaberi, MD, MPH - Public Health Impact of Medical Marijuana and Legalization
Mellie Randall - Medical Marijuana: Impact on Prevention and Treatment Services
Regina Whitsett - Marijuana's Impact on the Community