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Substance Abuse Advisory Board

Public meetings
The Substance Abuse Advisory Board meets monthly on the third Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. 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 diversity population, and those representing geographic areas of the county are encouraged to apply.

More information
Related information
2014 Clark County Recovery Forum

Annual Work Session with BOCC - December 10, 2014

We are currently recruiting for new members!


The Substance Abuse Advisory Board (SAAB) reviews services, plans, and budgets for publicly funded substance abuse programs in Clark County and makes recommendations to the Board of Clark County Commissioners (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 the ability to review contracted services provided for treatment, prevention, outreach, education and recovery services.
  • Assist staff in developing, updating, and implementing the county needs assessment and plan for alcohol and drug programs, which will make our services more effective, responsive, and accountable to the community it serves.
  • 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 12/31/17
Thomas Breitenbauch 12/31/17
Jessica DeFrees 05/31/16
Julie DeWitt-Kamada, Past Chair 05/31/15
Lisa Elsasser 05/31/16
Shane Gardner, Past Chair 12/31/16
Armando Herrera, Past Chair 12/31/16
Karen Kaiser, Chair 05/31/16
Lt. Kathy McNicholas, Vice Chair 12/31/17
Roy Pulver, Past Chair 12/31/16
Dr. Marcia Roi 12/31/16
Joey Smith, Executive Design Committee 05/31/16


All documents are PDF files unless otherwise noted.


Date Agendas, minutes and related documents Audio files
March 17 Agenda  
February 17 Agenda Audio
January 20 Agenda Audio


Date Agendas, minutes and related documents Audio files
November 18 Agenda Audio
April 15 Agenda Audio
March 18 Agenda Audio (WMA 62MB)
February 18 Agenda Audio (WMA 85MB)
January 21 Agenda Audio (WMA 62MB)


Date Agendas, minutes and related documents Audio files
November 19 Agenda Audio (MP3 85MB)
October 15 Agenda Audio (MP3 111MB)
September 17 Agenda * No audio due to technical difficulties
August 20 Agenda Audio (WMA 59MB)
July 16 Agenda
June 18 Agenda
May 21 Agenda
April 16 Agenda
March 19 Agenda

Join the advisory board

Individuals in recovery, members from diversity population, and those 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.

This 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 expressing interest in being considered for appointment to this board to:

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

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

More information

If you have any 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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