Governor's Opioid Coordination Council

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The Vermont Governor’s Opioid Coordination Council has 22 members appointed by Governor Scott, representing state and local government, service providers, people who have experienced opioid addiction personally and in their families, law enforcement and emergency responders from all parts of Vermont.

This web page includes information about the Council’s meetings, including schedule, minutes and other resources. The page will include links to information and resources on Vermont’s prevention, treatment, recovery and enforcement efforts in the State’s efforts to address our opioid challenges.

recommended strategies

The Council’s first report to Governor Scott includes 22 recommendations for next steps to continue Vermont’s progress in addressing the opioid crisis. These recommendations are designed to empower local communities, align the delivery of services within state government, and between government and private services, to ensure effective results in:

  • Prevention: Addressing the drivers of demand for opioids, including prescribing practices, education at all levels, and social and community engagement.
  • Treatment: Ensuring timely, affordable and effective treatment is available to all in need.
  • Recovery: Making recovery from addiction sustainable through support systems, with emphasis on employment, housing, social supports, and engagement.
  • Law Enforcement: Reducing supply through investigation and prosecution; policy changes to address the rising presence of fentanyl, and continued work against the diversion of prescription opioids.

Read the report summary

Read the full report 

These recommendations primarily follow the pathways of policy, programs, infrastructure, and investment. Learn more about drivers and pathways

About the Council

Governor Scott created the position of Director of Drug Prevention Policy and the Vermont Opioid Coordination Council in his second Executive Order (#02-17, updated in #09-17) on January 5, 2017. The Council’s first meeting was on May 8, 2017.

In the executive order, Governor Scott charged the Council “to lead and strengthen Vermont’s response to the opiate crisis by ensuring full interagency and intra-agency coordination between state and local governments in the areas of prevention, treatment, recovery and law enforcement activities.”

Governor Scott's three-pronged approach is to:

  1. Reduce the demand for opioids through education, building strong families and neighborhoods, and increasing economic and job opportunities;
  2. Afford adequate and effective treatment and recovery opportunities to those addicted to opioids; and
  3. Reduce the supply of opioids through robust and coordinated law enforcement targeting drug traffickers and through preventing diversion of prescription opioids.

The first task of the Council is to provide recommendations to Governor Scott for actions that will result in short- and long-term improvement in prevention, treatment, recovery and enforcement. The first set of recommendations are being prepared for mid-November 2017.

Council Meetings & Minutes

The Council normally meets the second Monday of each month. Specific dates, times and locations are subject to change. Full meeting information is also posted on the State Libraries Event Calendar one week in advance of the meeting.

Next Meeting

Monday, February 12, 2018

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2017

June 12, 2017

July 10, 2017

August 14, 2017

September 11, 2017

November 6, 2017

December 11, 2017

Council Members

Click on the council member's name to read their biography.

 council Member

  Term Expiration

Seat Requirements

David Allaire, Mayor of Rutland

4/30/2019

Vermont Mayors’ Coalition

Tom Anderson, Commissioner of Public Safety

N/A

Commissioner of Public Safety (tri-chair)

Lori Augustyniak, PreventionWorks! Director

4/30/2019

Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Professional

Bob Bick, Howard Center Director

4/30/2019

Designated Agency

Jill Berry Bowen, Northwestern Medical Center Director

4/30/2019

Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Michael Bucossi, Brattleboro Fire Chief

4/30/2019

First Responder

Adam Bunting, Champlain Valley Union Principal

4/30/2019

Educator in Substance Abuse Prevention

Sara Byers, Leonardo’s Pizza

4/30/2019

At-large Business

Eugenia Cowles, Acting U.S. Attorney, Vermont

N/A

U.S. Attorney, District of Vermont

Jon DeLena

4/30/2019

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Seth DiSanto, Newport Police Chief

4/30/2019

Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police

TJ Donovan, Attorney General

N/A

Vermont Attorney General

Liz Genge, Downstreet Housing

4/30/2019

Local non-profit housing organization

Al Gobeille, Secretary of Human Services

N/A

Secretary of Human Services (tri-chair)

Brian Grearson, Chief Justice Superior Court

4/30/2019

Judicial Branch

Jim Leddy, Community Leader

4/30/2019

Community Leader (tri-chair)

Mark Levine, MD, Commissioner of Health

N/A

Commissioner of Health

Peter Mallary, VAMHAR Vice-President

4/30/2019

Vermont Association for Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery

Roger Marcoux, Jr., Sheriff, Lamoille

4/30/2019

Vermont Sheriffs’ Association

Debra Ricker, Worksafe President

4/30/2019

At-large

Ken Sigsbury, Bennington Turning Point Center Director

4/30/2019

At-large

Stephanie Thompson, Springfield Select Board

4/30/2019

Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Council Committees

The Council’s two first-year committees, Treatment and Recovery, and Prevention and Enforcement, have completed their work and are restructuring to focus on the recommended strategies. More information about the new committee structure will follow.

Contact Information

Vermont Opioid Coordination Council
Agency of Human Services, Office of the Secretary
280 State Drive, Building E
Waterbury, Vermont 05671
802-241-0572

Jolinda LaClair (bio)
Director
Drug Prevention Policy and the Opioid Coordination Council
Jolinda.LaClair@vermont.gov

Rose Gowdey (bio)
Community Engagement Liaison
Drug Prevention Policy and the Opioid Coordination Council
Rose.Gowdey@vermont.gov