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April 30, 2009

Governor Douglas Meets with Federal Substance Abuse Director

Discusses DETER program and other successful efforts to reduce substance abuse in Vermont

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Douglas today met with Frances M. Harding, one of the nation’s leading experts on alcohol and drug policy and director of the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, to discuss the national strategy for alcohol and drug prevention and how Vermont is leading the way.

Harding presented her priorities for substance abuse prevention and health care reform at Vermont’s bi-annual Strategic Prevention Framework Advisory Council.

“I am proud of the tremendous progress we’ve made in Vermont with our prevention and education efforts at the state and community level,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “This is an area we must remain focused on as we continue our work to improve the overall health of our state.”

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Alcohol and Drug Prevention (CSAP) provides a $2.3 million state incentive grant to the Vermont Department of Health to develop new practice knowledge for the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse services. Vermont is in its fourth year of the five-year $2.3 million dollar grant.

“One of Director Harding’s overall priorities is community-based substance abuse prevention within a broader public health framework,” said Barbara Cimaglio, deputy commissioner of the Department of Health Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs. “Her expertise and vision will be helpful in the coming months as we strengthen the partnerships between federal, state and local levels of alcohol and drug prevention.”

Vermont’s Strategic Prevention Framework grant provides training, grants and evaluation services to 23 Vermont communities to reduce underage drinking and decrease high-risk drinking and marijuana use by Vermonters under the age of 25.

The advisory council meets annually to review the progress of grant activities, plan for future prevention activities following the end of the incentive grant and to hear from Vermont community prevention experts about successful strategies they are using in local areas of the state.

For more information about the Strategic Prevention Framework grant and information about Vermont’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program, please visit healthvermont.gov.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: April 30, 2009 17:03:14