Local, State and Federal Officials Tour Valley Vista Treatment Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: August 26, 2004

Contact: Corbett Sionainn
Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON, VT – Today, state officials toured the new Valley Vista substance abuse treatment facility located in Bradford.

Health Commissioner Paul Jarris, MD, MBA,; Health Department Deputy Commissioner for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs Barbara Cimaglio; Amy Darley, Senator Jim Jeffords’ Human Services Coordinator, and Gary Moore, Bradford town representative were given a tour of the facility by Executive Director Jack Duffy.

“On behalf of the Douglas administration, I would like to extend our appreciation to Senator Jim Jeffords for the work he did to obtain a federal contribution towards this project,” said Commissioner of Health Paul Jarris, MD, MBA. “I would also like to thank the Bradford community for their support for the facility. They have made an important contribution towards the health of Vermonters.”

The Valley Vista facility received startup funding from a mix of state general funds, Medicaid, and other federal dollars. The yearly budget for the facility will be approximately $4.6 million.

Senator Jim Jeffords obtained federal funding of $396,000 earmarked for the pre-opening costs of the facility such as initial staff training, programmatic expenses and construction costs for the adolescent wing of the facility.

“This project has been a long time in coming. It is exactly what the Senator had in mind when securing this special earmark. Now, right here in Vermont, Valley Vista offers the promise of recovery close to home,” said Amy Darley, Human Services Coordinator for Senator Jim Jeffords.

“This facility will keep Vermonters, especially adolescents, from having to go far from home and family for the treatment they need,” said Jarris. “Out-of-state programs have fewer links to the local drug and alcohol counselors, mental health centers and support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous. These are the services that people trying to kick drug habits need when they return home.”

The facility provides state-of-the-art intensive residential addiction treatment. There is no outpatient treatment at the facility.

“As we know from survey data, Vermont is a state with one of the highest rates of illicit drug use in the country. The intensive residential services that Valley Vista will provide fills a critical gap in care,” said Deputy Commissioner of Health for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs Barbara Cimaglio. “Under Governor Douglas’ leadership, his DETER Program brought together key state and local partners to build a program that will serve patients with the highest need.”

Valley Vista will phase in patients until the facility’s renovation is completed. Currently, four patients are being served by facility staff. It is anticipated that 7 – 14 patients per week will be phased in over the next weeks and months.

“The Bradford community is very pleased with the results of this facility. We are happy that the facility is bringing good paying jobs to the area,” said Gary Moore, Bradford town spokesman. “We especially like the fact that the facility is hiring two psychiatrists who will be shared with Cottage Hospital and local clinics. Valley Vista staff will also be providing substance abuse training to our local school employees.”