Substance Abuse Prevention Program
UO Academic Extension

Jay Wurscher

Jay Wurscher is currently the child welfare alcohol and drug services coordinator for the Oregon Department of Human Services. He works in the Children, Adults and Families Division, Office of Safety and Permanency for Children. He is a certified alcohol and drug counselor and has been in the field of addiction treatment and prevention since 1982. He has experience as an addiction counselor, clinical supervisor, program manager for a community based prevention program, and trainer. He has trained at numerous national conferences regarding substance abuse issues in child welfare and community collaborations, often with emphasis on methamphetamine. He has taught summer courses at the UO SAPP program since 1992. He is a member of the Governor's Methamphetamine Task Force and the Oregon Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. He spent six years as the addictions counselor in an Oregon child welfare branch working with substance abusing families involved in the child welfare system.

Wurscher is married and has two children. He is a flatlander who grew up in North Dakota, then lived in Minnesota after a stint in the Navy submarine service, then moved to Oregon in 1983. Since moving to Oregon he has gained a bunch of weight, wears glasses, and is losing his hair. Happily, he's not on any medication, eats whatever he wants as he really likes food, and refuses to contribute to the $60 billion a year diet industry.