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Substance Use Disorder Commission (SUDC)


Highlights from 2020 Recovery Month Celebration

The Substance Use Disorder Commission (SUDC) purpose is to advise and report directly to the County Board of Supervisors and the County Alcohol and Drug Program administrator on the program's policies and goals, on any matters concerning the development, administration, funding and review of county programs and services, or any other related matters as required from County Code Chapter 2.84.020.


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SUDC Meetings

Meetings are held at the times and locations specified in the schedule below.
Locations wil be announced.

2021 Meeting and Provider Reporting Schedule

Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes
7/12/21 Agenda  
5/10/21 Agenda  
3/8/21 Agenda Minutes
1/11/21 Agenda Minutes

SUDC Commissioners

Two Commissioners from each supervisor district are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for four year terms.

Current members are:

  • 1st District: John Leopold
    Lee Smith, Vice Chair
    Jozee Roberto
  • 2nd District: Zach Friend
    Jackie Heath, Treasurer
    Robert J. Purley Jr.
  • 3rd District: Ryan Coonerty
    Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda, Chairperson
    Susie O'Hara
  • 4th District: Greg Caput
  • 5th District: Bruce McPherson
    Jim Anderson & Christine Berge

SUDC National Recovery Month Celebration

September 29th, 2020.

Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Substance Use Disorder Commission Recovery Month Celebration! Due to health and safety concerns, this year the Recovery Month Celebration is being held virtually.

Recovery Month, now in its 31st year nationally, highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in recovering from substance use disorders (SUD), and honors the prevention and treatment services of the providers who make recovery achievable.

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Proclamation Honoring National Recovery and Overdose Awareness Day.

Remarks from Supervisor Leopold

Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda’s
Leopold Introduction
Supervisor John Leopold


Happy National Recovery Month message from
Santa Cruz County Sheriff, Jim Hart.

Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda’s
Hart Introduction
Santa Cruz County Sheriff
Jim Hart


Updates on substance use disorder and recovery support services from
Santa Cruz County Substance Use Disorder Services Chief, Shaina Zurlin.

Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda’s
Zurlin Introduction
Chief of Substance Use Disorder Services
Shaina Zurlin


A message from Bobby Bean, fellow person in recovery and Sobriety Works Sober Living Environment (SLE) House Manager.

Sobriety Works House Manager
Bobby Bean


The videos below contain a welcome message from Substance User Disorder Commission Chair, Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda. In addition, the following awards have been given to recognize outstanding contributions in the areas of prevention, treatment, or recovery in Santa Cruz County:

Carina Reid - Robert E. Neff Award. This award recognizes community members who have demonstrated excellence in service to the recovering community as demonstrated through a commitment to carry the message that recovery is possible.

Rory Willis - Bill Manov Award. This award recognizes professionals in the field of substance use disorder services who have demonstrated a history of service, dedication and outstanding contributions to the field in prevention, treatment, or recovery.

Robert E. Neff Award

Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda’s
Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda's
Neff Award Introduction
Carina Reid
Neff Award Acceptance


Bill Manov Award

Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda’s
Manov Award Introduction
Rory Willis'
Manov Award Acceptance


Congratulations to our awardees! We thank you for your service, commitment, and dedication to making our Santa Cruz Community a truly wonderful place to be.

Closing remarks from Substance User Disorder Commission Chair, Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda.

Colleen McMahon-Sepulveda’s
Closing Remarks


And finally, a big thank you to our County’s Drug Medi-Cal SUD Service Providers who continue to support individuals in need in our Community:

Janus of Santa Cruz


New Life

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance

Sobriety Works