RCPA is pleased to report that Jennifer Smith, who was previously Acting Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), has been named Secretary of DDAP. Ms. Smith has been a tremendous advocate for Pennsylvania citizens in need of treatment for substance use disorders. She has also been a strong advocate for providers and for strengthening the drug and alcohol system in the Commonwealth. This is evidenced by all the wonderful work being done to address the opioid crisis and to get new funding out to counties and providers, in order to serve more people in need. Ms. Smith works closely with other departments in the Commonwealth to assure that all are collaborating as a team to address the treatment needs of citizens struggling with substance use disorders.
Jennifer Smith’s nomination now must sit on the state Senate’s calendar for 10 days following the submission of paperwork for her nomination as the DDAP Secretary. The paperwork includes ethics and financial disclosures. Thereafter, the Republican-led chamber will have 25 legislative days to consider and act on her nomination. RCPA looks forward to working with this outstanding leader and change agent to improve the drug and alcohol system in Pennsylvania and make much needed progress to improve quality and access of services.