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.

NEW opioid video series

Understanding Vermont's Opioid Crisis: Working Together to Create a More Resilient Community
A collaborative eight-part opioid series exploring substance use disorder in Vermont

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

SAFE injection facilities: response to senate judiciary committee request (revised 10/17/18)

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.

After six months of work, the Council developed its first set of recommended strategies in the fall of 2017. These strategies were provided to Governor Scott in January 2018. The Council’s has since focused on working with state agencies and departments, local governments, and community organizations to take next steps on the highest priority of these strategies and will report to the Governor in late 2018.


Opioid Overdose Awareness Event, April 11, 2018

Workforce Summit, April 17, 2017

Council Meetings, Minutes & Materials

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.

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, October 29, 2018 1:00 p.m.  CANCELLED
Monday, December 10, 2018 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Meeting materials
October 1, 2018
Request for Comment - Expungement Report

September 10, 2018

Data Updates
Safe Injection Facilities Slides

August 13, 2018

Opiod Coordination Council Residential Services Slides
Valley Vista Inpatient Residential Treatment Program Slides

June 11, 2018

Meeting Materials Packet
Centerpoint Presentation

May 14, 2018

Drug Enforcement in Vermont Slides
April 9, 2018 Department of Health Marketing Summary
Department of Mental Health Overview
Co-occurring Conditions - Dan Hall
Opioid Overdose Awareness Event Flyer
March 12, 2018 Health Department Syringe Service Programs Presentation
H2RC Syringe Exchange Programs Handout
CDC Syringe Services Handout
Howard Center Safe Recovery Fact Sheet
February 12, 2018 Hub & Spoke Evaluation Brief
Hub & Spoke Evaluation Presentation
Hub & Spoke Caseload Presentation
RiseVT Presentation
December 11, 2017 Roadway Safety Presentation
WCYSB Presentation
Cannabis & Opioids Presentation
Education & Prevention Subcommittee Presentation
November 6, 2017  
September 11, 2017 Dept. for Children & Families Presentation
August 14, 2017 Attorney General's Office Presentation
Dept. of Corrections Presentation
Prevention Works! Presentation
July 10, 2017 Public Safety & Health Dept. Presentation
HealthyCities Presentation
Law Enforcement Presentation
CVU Prevention Presentation
Health Department Presentation
June 12, 2017 Care Alliance Handout
NCVRC Brochure
Hub & Spoke Brief
ADAP Presentation

May 8, 2017

Public Safety & Health Presentation

Council Members

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

 council Member

  Term Expiration

Seat Requirements

David Allaire, Mayor of Rutland


Vermont Mayors’ Coalition

Tom Anderson, Commissioner of Public Safety


Commissioner of Public Safety (tri-chair)

Lori Augustyniak, PreventionWorks! Director


Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Professional

Bob Bick, Howard Center Director


Designated Agency

Jill Berry Bowen, Northwestern Medical Center Director


Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Michael Bucossi, Brattleboro Fire Chief


First Responder

Adam Bunting, Champlain Valley Union Principal


Educator in Substance Abuse Prevention

Sara Byers, Leonardo’s Pizza


At-large Business

Christina Nolan, U.S. Attorney, Vermont


U.S. Attorney, District of Vermont

Jon DeLena


U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Seth DiSanto, Newport Police Chief


Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police

TJ Donovan, Attorney General


Vermont Attorney General

Liz Genge, Downstreet Housing


Local non-profit housing organization

Al Gobeille, Secretary of Human Services


Secretary of Human Services (tri-chair)

Brian Grearson, Chief Justice Superior Court


Judicial Branch

Jim Leddy, Community Leader


Community Leader (tri-chair)

Mark Levine, MD, Commissioner of Health


Commissioner of Health

Peter Mallary, VAMHAR Vice-President


Vermont Association for Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery

Roger Marcoux, Jr., Sheriff, Lamoille


Vermont Sheriffs’ Association

Debra Ricker, Worksafe President



Ken Sigsbury, Bennington Turning Point Center Director



Stephanie Thompson, Springfield Select Board


Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Council Committees

The Council’s two committees work with state agencies and departments, providers, and the private sector to ensure further development and implementation of key strategies recommended to the Governor in January 2018. The Recovery Strategies Committee and the Prevention Strategies Committee will provide a report to the Council in early fall 2018 in preparation for Council’s year-end report to the Governor.

The Recovery Strategies Committee will work:

  • to strengthen Vermont’s recovery centers and the Vermont Recovery Network, and to strengthen and expand the availability of recovery coaching.
  • to expand the availability of and access to recovery housing.
  • to expand employment in recovery, including supports for employees and employers.

Recovery Strategies Committee Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:30 p.m. (joint meeting with Prevention Strategies Committee)

Recovery strategies Committee


September 20, 2018 Notes  
August 2, 2018

Agenda, Notes

July 19, 2018    
June 21, 2018 Agenda

Employement in Recovery
Working Fields

May 17, 2018 Agenda
April 19, 2018 Agenda, Notes Vermont Department of Corrections Transitional Housing
Vermont Foundation of Recovery
State Policy Guide for Supporting Recovery Housing
Homeless Prevention Center's Handouts
March 22, 2018 Agenda, Notes  
February 21, 2018 Agenda, Notes


    The Prevention Strategies Committee will work:

    1. To strengthen school- and community-based prevention programming by:

    • Facilitating implementation of a statewide comprehensive system for delivery of school-based prevention programs.
    • Building, replicating, and supporting strong community-based models through multi-sector partnerships, innovation, and research resulting in outcomes that exceed previous, less collaborative efforts.
    • Ensuring the implementation of an event/series that engages and involves youth in prevention activities, through both school and community avenues.
    • Creating a comprehensive drug prevention messaging campaign.

    2. To monitor and ensure forward movement in the areas of:

    • Expanding health care education, monitoring and screening for providers and patients.
    • Supplying with naloxone and providing effective training to all Vermont law enforcement, and first responders, and people likely to be near a person who may overdose.

    Prevention strategies committee Upcoming Meetings

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:30 p.m. (joint meeting with Prevention Strategies Committee)

    prevention strategies committee


    September 20, 12018 Notes  
    August 23, 2018 Notes  
    July 26, 2018

    Agenda, Notes

    CCOA Handout
    CCOA CommStat Timeline
    We are DART

    June 28, 2018 Agenda, Notes Prevention Strategies Committee Early Childhood Panel slides
    May 24. 2018

    Agenda, Notes

    Building Bright Futures OCC PRevention Strategies Committee
    April 26, 2018 Agenda, Notes OCC Prevention Committee Health Department Updates
    Contact Information

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

    Jolinda LaClair (bio)
    Drug Prevention Policy and the Opioid Coordination Council

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