Survey Purpose

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and the non-profit public health organization Vital Strategies are conducting this survey to understand attitudes and practices related to Pennsylvania’s substance use confidentiality statutes and regulations.  More information about this project can be found on DDAP’s website, here.

Your answers to this survey will help DDAP understand:
  • Perceptions of current confidentiality statutes and regulations;
  • How Pennsylvania’s requirements shape access to services for people who are enrolled in or in need of services for substance use disorder (SUD);
  • Current statutes and regulations in the context of our state’s public health response to the overdose crisis and national overdose response efforts; and
  • The role and effectiveness of current policies in protecting client data, mitigating social harms, addressing stigma, and supporting health and service quality.
Your feedback will help DDAP ensure that the agency’s policies are consistently supporting and helping to meet the needs of people living with SUD.
Your replies to this survey will be anonymous. Identifying information (such as your name, address, telephone number, etc.) will not be collected and should not be provided. The data collected in this survey will be used solely for the purposes set out above and will not be used or distributed for future research studies.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.
Survey Participant Consent Statement

Below are your rights and protections if you decide to proceed as a participant in this survey:
  • You can choose not to participate or exit the survey at any time. There is no penalty for not completing the survey.
  • This survey is anonymous. No personal identifying information, including IP address, will be collected.
    • Because this survey is anonymous if you exit the survey before finishing the questions you will not be able to save and return to the survey once you exit.
  • If you volunteer to participate, you are not giving up any legal claims or rights.
  • There is no compensation or incentive for completing this survey. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete online.
This survey is being coordinated by Alex Shirreffs, who is working in DDAP through a partnership with Vital Strategies. You may contact her at 717-736-7486 or if you have any questions about this survey.

If you have any questions about your rights as survey participant or if you feel that you have been harmed, you may contact Derrick Pelletier, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, at

You may also use the Vital Strategies Reporting Line to raise concerns confidentially or anonymously via 1-800-461-9330 or

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* 1. Do you agree to take part in the survey?