Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Jennifer (Jen) Smith was first appointed Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) in March 2018 and reappointed in April 2019 under Governor Wolf’s second-term.
Since assuming the role of Secretary, she has led the department’s focus on strengthening Pennsylvania’s drug and alcohol treatment landscape by increasing drug take-back opportunities, launching Pennsylvania’s Get Help Now Hotline, expanding access to naloxone in communities around Pennsylvania, and overseeing the distribution of more than $230 million in federal grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.
Secretary Smith has led collaborations with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to release guidelines and protocols for “warm handoffs” that help overdose survivors’ transition into substance use disorder treatment and awarded Pennsylvania’s Coordinated Medication Assisted Treatment Centers to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Listen to her talk, Substance Use Disorder Can Happen to Anyone.