Vermonters Honored for Work In Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment & Recovery

For Immediate Release
News Contact: Linda Dorey
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Burlington—The Department of Health held its annual Substance Abuse Conference at Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee this November. Over 340 people attended to honor several Vermonters for their contributions to substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

Alan Buckland Award given each year for distinguished service in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment. Dr. Parker, an American Society for Addiction Medicine Certified Physician, was instrumental in establishing the Vermont Practitioner Health Program and, as a member of the Vermont Medical Society Opiate Addiction Treatment Task Force, has dedicated countless hours to substance abuse treatment protocol and practice. She has played a pivotal role in establishing and supporting substance abuse treatment programs in Vermont. Dr. Parker, a native of Newport, is a psychiatrist with Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

RUTLAND: Patrick and Kathy Martin, of Rutland, received a Director’s Award for their leadership in the Rutland County Heroin Committee and for founding and operating At Wits End, a support and referral group for families struggling with the addiction of a family member. The Director’s Award is given to Vermonters who have demonstrated commitment to excellence, outstanding achievement and leadership in the field of substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, enforcement, or recovery. The Martins volunteer their time and their story through the work of the Rutland Heroin Impact Panel.

ESSEX JUNCTION: Valerie Smith, a school counselor at Essex High School was awarded a Director’s Award for her leadership role with the Essex Coalition successfully partnering school and community groups to implement research-based substance abuse prevention strategies while creating opportunities for positive youth development. The Director’s Award is given to Vermonters who have demonstrated commitment to excellence, outstanding achievement and leadership in the field of substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, enforcement, or recovery. Smith is the former Director of Essex Community Health to Inspire People (CHIPS).

BURLINGTON: John Brooklyn, MD, Eleanor Capeless, MD, Anne Johnston, MD and Diane Smith, LADC, received the Director’s Award for their team effort in developing state-of-the-art policies and protocols for opiate dependent pregnant women. Working collaboratively, they have become both local and national leaders in the field of substance abuse treatment for this population. The Director’s Award is given to Vermonters who have demonstrated commitment to excellence, outstanding achievement and leadership in the field of substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, enforcement, or recovery. Dr. Brooklyn is the Medical Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Center of the University of Vermont and a staff physician with the Community Health Center in Burlington. Dr. Capeless heads Fletcher Allen Medical Center’s High Risk Pregnancy Group in Burlington. Dr. Johnston is a neo-natalogist with Burlington’s Fletcher Allen Medical Center, and Diane Smith, a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor, is a substance abuse treatment coordinator at the Vermont Department of Health.

HYDE PARK: This year’s Kathy Fionda Award was presented to Mark Floyd, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and student assistance professional counselor at Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park. This award is given annually to a substance abuse professional who has shown excellence in alcohol and other drug abuse prevention. Mr. Floyd is a leader in the effort to build an effective Student Assistance Professional system in Vermont and has devoted countless hours training youth and adults on substance abuse prevention issues.

Special recognition was also given to Susan Storti, Ph.D., RN, Director of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, Providence, RI, and to Sharon Morello, RN, of the State of Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation & Hospitals, for their role in providing opiate training for over 200 Vermont nurses.