Governor's Opioid Coordination Council

Governor's Opioid Coordination Council

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The Opioid Coordination Council (OCC) was created by Gov. Phil Scott in January 2017 to identify best practices and strategies for communities to address opioid addiction, break the generational cycle of substance use disorder and the stigma associated with it, and support long-term recovery.

In June 2019, the Vermont Legislature passed, and Gov. Scott signed into law, S. 146, creating the Substance Misuse Prevention Oversight and Advisory Council. In July 2019 this new council replaced the OCC, the Vermont Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council and the Tobacco Evaluation Review Board. The new council expands focus to all substances, and bring special attention to prevention. 

This webpage contains reports and meeting materials from the OCC’s two years of engagement with state, regional and local leaders, service organizations and people affected by the opioid crisis. While the OCC has made much progress, it is with the knowledge that much remains to be done to turn the curve on Vermont’s substance misuse challenges and to improve prevention efforts toward the health and well-being of all Vermonters.

Building Bridges: Opioid coordination council recommended strategies for 2019

The Opioid Coordination Council’s (OCC) 2019 report builds upon its initial strategy recommendations released in 2018. For 2019, the OCC recommends strategies that continue to focus and build upon broad, comprehensive supports in the areas of prevention, treatment, recovery and enforcement, and initiates a focus on intervention as an ongoing core area.

2019 Recommended Strategies

Read the Executive Summary
Read the Full Report

2018 Progress Report

2018 Recommended Strategies Report

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

Reports, testimony, comments

Housing: A Critical Link to Recovery – An Assessment of the Need for Recovery Residences in Vermont (Executive Summary). Read the summary

Safe Injection Facilities - OCC report to the Senate Judiciary Committee, October 2018. Read the report

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

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 Council provided its first set of recommended strategies to Gov. Scott in January 2018, and continued to work with state agencies and departments, local governments, and community organizations to make improvements in the highest priories of these strategies. The Council’s final report in January 2019 called for a focus on prevention, and additional priorities in integration and coordination of services. Many of these improvements in prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services are reflected in intra- and inter-agency working groups, and projects taken on by private and public collaborations.


Opioid Overdose Awareness Event, April 11, 2018

Workforce Summit, April 17, 2017


Home visiting, a first step for a healthier future, vermontbiz, February 27, 2018

Council Meetings, Minutes & Materials

The OCC conducted its concluding meeting on May 17, 2019. Committee meeting notes will continue to be added until further notice.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Meeting materials
May 17, 2019

OCC Presentation

April 15, 2019

Housing: A Critical Link to Recovery
Howard Center: Low Barrier Buprenorphine
ITR Committee Presentation
Safe Recovery Fact Sheet

March 18, 2019

Health Department Prevention Presentation
VT Afterschool Presentation
Chile/Soriano Presentation
W. Virginia/Mann Presentation

February 25, 2019

Health Department Opioid Update Slides
Director's Report Slides
Addiction & the Brain - presentation by UVM Dr. Thomas Simpatico

December 10, 2018
October 1, 2018
Request for Comment - Expungement Report

September 10, 2018

Data Updates
Safe Injection Facilities Slides

August 13, 2018

Opioid 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

Scott Cooney
Fire Chief, Town of Hartford


First Responder

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

Christina Nolan, U.S. Attorney, Vermont N/A

U.S. Attorney, District of Vermont

Debra Ricker, Worksafe President



Stephanie Thompson, Springfield Select Board


Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Council Committees

The Council’s 2019 work will be informed by a Prevention Committee, and a committee on Intervention, Treatment & Recovery. These committees will engage a cross-section of state agencies and departments, providers, the private sector and other stakeholders to further the development and implementation of the 2019 strategies.

Prevention committee 

The Prevention Committee’s work will address the 2019 strategies:

A. Establish and sustain a statewide infrastructure for primary and secondary prevention to ensure consistent and equitable leadership, programming, and use of resources. This includes: 1) an investment model (priority strategy); 2) a statewide prevention committee; 3) a statewide prevention leadership position; and 4) strengthening prevention networks, coalitions and collaboratives.

B. Implement statewide comprehensive school-based prevention.

C. Increase geographic equity and access to afterschool programs and out-of-school activities.

D. Implement a statewide multi-generation prevention care approach to promote protective factors and identify risks including substance use disorder, through screening and sustained home visits, for pregnant and parenting women and their children (priority strategy).


2019 prevention committee


May 22, 2019 Notes

Health Commissioner Presentation
National Survey on Drug Use and Health

March 27, 2019 Agenda

Regional Prevention Partnership Grants
Prevention Committee Slides
VDH Substance Misuse Prevention Slides

2018 prevention strategies committee


October 24, 2018 Notes  
September 20, 2018 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



2019 Intervention, treatment and recovery committee (ITR)

Next meeting of the Intervention, Treatment and Recovery Committee: 
Wednesday, October 23, 9 – 11:00 a.m.

The Intervention, Treatment and Recovery Committee’s work will address the 2019 strategies:

A. Expand and reinforce syringe services programs statewide.
B. Build a human bridge of intervention where services engage people with addiction at critical moments of risk/harm (injection, overdose, withdrawal, illness and injury). These services include law enforcement, emergency departments, syringe services programs, primary care, and other clinical settings.

A. Vermont must continue to evaluate, improve quality, and increase treatment capacity as needed, particularly outcomes measurement and evaluation of capacity and scope of services in the Hub and Spoke treatment system for opioid use disorder provides.
B. Continue implementing the expansion of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in correctional facilities, including refinement of intake assessment, data collaboration, and recovery supports within and beyond the facilities.

Build and support the Recovery Bridge: Integrate recovery services across Vermont to ensure access to robust recovery supports is available to all in need (priority strategy). This includes the sub-strategies of recovery-friendly housing availability, employment in recovery supports, recovery coach workforce development, and transportation process and service improvements.


2019 intervention, treatment and recovery committee


December 18, 2019    
October 23, 2019    
August 28, 2019    
June 26, 2019    

April 24, 2019

Notes Presentation
2018 Recovery strategies Committee


September 20, 2018 Notes  
August 2, 2018

Agenda, Notes

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





Contact Information

Sarah Gregorek 
Vermont Department of Health 
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05402
[email protected]