Vt. to Host Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

For Immediate Release: June 5, 2007
Media Contact:
Communication Office

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health will host the 2007 National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) annual meeting June 7-10 at the Wyndham Hotel in Burlington.

More than 300 state alcohol and substance abuse directors, and treatment and prevention leaders from across the country, will come together to share ideas on how to strengthen prevention, treatment and recovery support programs.

Gov. James Douglas will provide opening remarks on Friday, June 8 at 9:15 a.m., and will introduce the featured speaker, Terry Cline, Ph.D., administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Dr. Cline was appointed by President Bush in 2006 to lead SAMHSA, a $3.3 billion federal agency responsible for improving the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health service delivery systems.

Vermont was awarded a $2.3 million per year grant for five years by SAMHSA in 2005 to prevent childhood and underage drinking and to reduce substance abuse related problems in Vermont communities.

Barbara Cimaglio, deputy commissioner for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs for the Vermont Department of Health, and a regional director for NASADAD, said that Vermont’s success in addressing substance abuse issues is directly attributable to the established relationships built between the state and its community partners.

“Vermont truly lives by the adage that ‘everything is local,’” Cimaglio said, “and because of the outstanding community partners we have statewide, we have significantly strengthened our capacity to provide effective, accessible and affordable substance abuse treatment for youth and families. Hosting this conference is an honor and we are looking forward to sharing best practice ideas and success stories.”

For more information on the conference visit: http://www.nasadad.org


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