[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Orange 2-9-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established an "Orange Drug and Alcohol Action Committee" (ODAAC) which shall replace and supersede any heretofore similar ad hoc committee or committees. Said Committee will be responsible for providing the Town of Orange with programs that emphasize drug and alcohol abuse prevention, awareness, education, advocacy, and promotion of healthy lifestyle activities. In recognition of the regional nature of some of these activities, and the activities provided by the Amity Regional School District, such programs will also be offered to the residents of the Towns of Bethany and Woodbridge, where applicable.
There shall be an Orange Drug and Alcohol Action Committee Coordinator who shall carry out the day-to-day operations of ODAAC and represent ODAAC and the Town of Orange in any matters that would meet the objectives of this chapter. The responsibilities of the Coordinator shall include but are not limited to:
Write, monitor, and administer, the annual Local Substance Abuse Prevention Council (LPC) Grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).
Provide referral services to community members who request information on treatment.
Plan, execute, and administer educational programs.
Coordinate among Orange, Bethany, and Woodbridge agencies, businesses, and school systems to improve substance abuse referral and education.
Participate in workshops and conferences.
Attend regional and state meetings.
Supervise the activities of ODAAC and report to the Board of Selectmen.
The objectives of the Orange Drug and Alcohol Action Committee (ODAAC) shall include but are not limited to:
Educate, coordinate, implement, and evaluate programs in the area of substance abuse prevention;
Seek out and apply for grants and/or additional funding under the direction of the Coordinator;
Continuously strive for programs and services to improve the quality and effectiveness of comprehensive community outreach efforts;
Participate in coalition building efforts committed to a drug-free message; and
Advise the Board of Selectmen on matters of drug and alcohol abuse prevention.
ODAAC shall consist of seven members appointed by the First Selectman in accordance with Section 4.4, Section 6.90, and Section 10.3 of the Orange Town Charter. All members shall be appointed following adoption of this chapter. Three members will have terms that expire 30 days after the biennial election in 2001 and four members will have terms that expire 30 days after the biennial election in 2003. As such terms expire, members will be appointed or reappointed for terms of four years. Additionally, there may be appointed to an advisory committee of ODAAC as many resource individuals who either reside or who are employed in Orange, Bethany, or Woodbridge as the ODAAC Coordinator deems necessary to assist ODAAC in its overall operation.