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Substance Abuse Advisory Board

Public meetings
The Substance Abuse Advisory Board meets monthly 5-7 p.m. on the third Tuesday at the Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver. The board does not meet in December. Additional meetings are scheduled as needed.

Meeting agendas and audio files >
Join the advisory board
Individuals in recovery, members from diverse populations and those representing geographic areas of the county are encouraged to apply.

More information
Related information

SAAB By-Laws

2014 Clark County Recovery Forum

2014 Annual Work Session with BOCC

The Substance Abuse Advisory Board (SAAB) reviews services, plans and budgets for publicly funded substance abuse programs in Clark County. It also makes recommendations to the Board of County Councilors (BOCC) on program needs and priorities.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the BOCC and staff on alcohol and drug abuse issues.
  • Provide oversight through Community Services Alcohol and Drug Program by reviewing information, reports and monitoring provided by program staff. This function allows the advisory board to review contracted services for treatment, prevention, outreach, education and recovery.
  • Assist staff in developing, updating and implementing the county needs assessment and plan for alcohol and drug programs. A plan will make our services more effective, responsive and accountable to the community.
  • Community and legislative advocacy for the development and promotion of positive alternatives to substance abuse or addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

- Members
- Meetings


Name Term expires
Elvira Ajanovic 03/31/16
Jessica DeFrees 03/31/16
Lisa Elsasser 03/31/16
Shane Gardner, Past Chair 03/31/16
Armando Herrera, Past Chair 03/31/16
Karen Kaiser, Chair 03/31/16
Lt. Kathy McNicholas, Vice Chair 03/31/16
Candis Oliver 03/31/16
Roy Pulver, Past Chair 03/31/16
Dr. Marcia Roi 03/31/16
Donnie Rychart 03/31/16
Philip Sheridan 03/31/16
Joey Smith, Executive Design Committee 03/31/16
Michael Ware 03/31/16


All documents are PDF files unless otherwise noted.


Date Agendas, minutes and related documents Audio files
October 20 Agenda Audio
September 15 Agenda Audio
August 18 Agenda Audio
July 21 Agenda Audio
June 16 Agenda Audio
May 19 Agenda Audio
April 21 Agenda Audio
March 17 Agenda Audio
February 17 Agenda Audio
January 20 Agenda Audio


Date Agendas, minutes and related documents Audio files
November 18 Agenda Audio
October 21 Agenda Audio
September 16 Agenda Audio
August 19 Agenda Audio
July 15 Agenda Audio

Join the advisory board

Individuals in recovery, members of diverse populations and residents representing geographic areas of the county are encouraged to apply. A working knowledge of or interest in issues related to alcoholism, drug addiction, substance abuse and violence prevention are recommended.

Joining the board is an opportunity for interested community members to give input on policy decisions related to publicly funded alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and treatment services. Positions are voluntary and no member may be a provider of alcoholism and other drug addiction treatment services. Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter to:

Board of County Councilors
Attn: Jennifer Clark
PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000

- Tips on submitting your cover letter and resume (PDF)

More information

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact DeDe Sieler at (360) 397-2075 ext. 7823 or Cyndi Smith at (360) 397-2075 ext. 7835. 


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Clark County Community Services: Vanessa R. Gaston, Director
Street address: 1601 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Bldg 17, Suite A419, Vancouver, WA 98661
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2130 | FAX: (360) 397-6028
Community Services Fraud and Abuse Hotline
The Fraud and Abuse Hotline number is (360) 397-8030 and is for the reporting of suspected fraud or abuse related to payment for services. Messages may be left anonymously. To speak directly with the Department Compliance Officer, call (360) 397-2075 ext. 7819.
Responsible Elected Official: Board of County Councilors

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