Toward a Functional Drug Abuse Program Management Theory
With the passage of Public Law 92–255 in 1972, the federal government established the legislative framework for the development, articulation, and promulgation of a national strategy for drug abuse prevention. The legislation spearheaded the federal financial and programmatic involvement in drug abuse prevention on a large scale. Drug abuse prevention within the context of P.L. 92–255 is any “program or activity relating to drug abuse education, training, treatment, rehabilitation, or research ... ” Thus the nature and potential scope of drug abuse prevention was defined as quite broad and far-reaching. In anticipation of the myriad administrative, management, and coordination problems and contingencies inherent to the implementation of legislation of the magnitude of P.L. 92–255, the Act created the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention to “coordinate federal activities and agencies, implement short-term plans, devise long-term strategies, and assist the states in their management of federal money... (P.L. 92–255)” With a federal policy commitment, financial support, and an organizational focal point for overall planning and policy responsibility, drug abuse prevention was “birthed” as a broad range, viable element of the nation’s human and health services delivery industry.
KeywordsDrug Abuse General Management Drug Abuse Prevention Drug Abuse Program Accountability Management
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