Vision, Mission & History


Vision Statement

The CAADE Vision is to be a leader in state and national collaborative efforts to improve the overall health and welfare of those afflicted with substance use disorders.

Mission Statement

CAADE promotes and supports quality higher education in addiction studies by developing and implementing accreditation standards; providing continuing education and professional development; leading at the state and national levels in the development and implementation of certification and licensure standards for addiction service professionals; and providing public policy education and advocacy among consumers and other stakeholders. 


The California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)3 California corporation in 1985.

The first gathering of individuals concerned with alcohol and drug studies in higher education was held in Fresno, California in 1982. Father Dave Duran, a priest who had served as the Chair of the Statewide Alcohol Advisory Committee, was the host. This organization, which was originally an informal gathering of educators, administrators and other interested professionals was organized in 1984, with Dr. Rod Skager of U.C.L.A. as our first President.

CAADE serves some forty College and University programs in California, Arizona and Nevada. The organization sponsors an annual conference where state-of-the-art alcohol and drug training issues and information is shared with interested personnel working in the field. CAADE is one of the credentialing organizations included in the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs directory meeting the minimum criteria for Alcohol and Drug Counseling. CAADE is nationally accredited by NCCA.