Health Department Appoints New Director for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs

For Immediate Release: February 6, 2004

Contact: Vermont Department of Health
Communications Office

BURLINGTON – Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Paul Jarris is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Cimaglio as Director of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. She is highly regarded at the national level for her contributions in the fields of substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.

“For 30 years my career has been dedicated to the substance abuse field,” said Cimaglio. “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to make a difference in the system, to build strong statewide coalitions, and to help Vermonters live healthy lives.”

A selection committee with broad representation from community groups and state government was organized to choose the new director. Ms. Cimaglio was chosen from a pool of highly qualified candidates during this national search.

“I appreciate the hard work of the selection committee”, said Dr. Jarris. “Although this was a challenging decision, I am confident that Barbara will be able to step in and effectively direct the state’s substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts.”

Barbara Cimaglio began her career in alcohol and drug abuse programming as a counselor, and then as a clinical director, before becoming a program director with the YMCA. Her career in state government began in 1988 as the manager of prevention programs for the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

In 1994, she became the single state authority of alcohol and drug abuse programs for the State of Illinois , and eventually moved to Oregon to assume the position of Administrator for their Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs.

Tom Perras, retired former division director of the Vermont Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs said, “I’ve seen Barbara in action, and she is impressive. I believe she has the leadership, knowledge, skill, ability and experience to take substance abuse prevention and treatment in Vermont to the next level.”

Ms. Cimaglio is a regular advisor to federal agencies such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and was the former president of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors from 1999 to 2002. She will be moving to the Burlington area with her husband Dan.

The mission of the Vermont Department of Health Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs is to help Vermonters prevent and eliminate the problems caused by alcohol and other drug abuse.

In partnership with other public and private organizations, the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs plans, supports and evaluates a comprehensive system that provides education, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, and research services.