Northern California
Hospital and Institution Committee

Carrying the message of A.A. to the alcoholic who is confined

Donations to: P.O. Box 192490 San Francisco, CA 94119-2490
(Make checks payable to: NORCAL H&I and note your Area # on the check)

Our Purpose

The only purpose of the Hospital and Institution Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the alcoholic who is confined. The activities of this committee are based on, and governed by, the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

What We Do

Two or more members bring an AA meeting into hospitals, recovery centers, rehabs, community facilities, jails and prisons in Northern CA. Because the confined inmates and residents are often unable to purchase literature due to their circumstances, a selection of AA Literature is brought into the meeting and provided free to the members who attend; this is where approximately 90% of the money contributed to the H&I Pink Cans goes. There are a few ways to volunteer: in your local area or at a prison.

Where We Go

Under the aegis of the 44 Areas within the H&I Northern California Committee we service hundreds of local hospitals, recovery centers, rehabs, community facilities and jails in northern CA. Under the aegis of the Major Facilities Coordinators of the H&I Committee, we bring meetings into approximately 25 State and Federal Correctional Institutions in Northern CA.

To learn more, explore our map of Areas and Insitutions in Northern California we serve.

Who We Are

The Northern California H&I Committee is an independent Ninth Tradition service committee of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are comprised of the thousands of volunteers throughout Northern California who bring meetings into the facilities we serve, the H&I Group Representatives elected by their groups, and the members of our Steering Committee who perform the business of the committee. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend our General Committee meetings, where they can express their opinions and vote on issues before the committee.

Funding

Funding for our committee’s activities is provided by donations collected in the H&I Pink Cans passed at A.A. meetings, and by other contributions from individual members and groups. Over the years, these monies have enabled us to provide books to tens of thousands of confined alcoholics who would otherwise not have access to the life-saving message of A.A.’s literature. Because we are governed by the Twelve Traditions and guided by the spiritual principles embodied in the Twelve Concepts, H&I is committed to full transparency and accountability in all our financial activities. For more information on our finances, our Pink Cans and to view our monthly Financial Reports, please go to the Finances page. We gratefully thank the groups and members of the Northern California fellowship who so generously support the work we do.

History

In 1942, Warden Duffy at San Quentin State Prison noticed that 80% of the prisoners released ended up back in prison, and that alcohol was usually a contributing factor. He was aware of a group called Alcoholics Anonymous who claimed recovery from this terrible disease, and invited them into San Quentin to hold meetings with the inmates. Thus H&I was born in Northern CA and San Quentin Group #1 became the first group in the Hospital and Institution Committee. Read more about our history