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Title 18 : Health


(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 4803)
  • § 4803. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council; creation; terms; per diem

    (a) The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council is established within the Agency of Human Services to promote the dual purposes of reducing problems arising from alcohol and drug abuse and improving prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services by advising the Secretary on policy areas that can inform Agency programs.

    (b) The Council shall consist of 12 members:

    (1) the Secretary of Human Services or designee;

    (2) the Commissioner of Public Safety or designee;

    (3) the Commissioner of Mental Health or designee;

    (4) the Deputy Commissioner of Health for the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs;

    (5) the Director of the Blueprint for Health or designee;

    (6) a representative of an approved provider or preferred provider, appointed by the Governor;

    (7) a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor, appointed by the Governor;

    (8) a representative of hospitals, appointed by the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems;

    (9) an educator involved in substance abuse prevention services, appointed by the Governor;

    (10) a youth substance abuse prevention specialist, appointed by the Governor;

    (11) a community prevention coalition member, appointed by the Governor; and

    (12) a member of the peer community involved in recovery services, appointed by the Governor.

    (c) The term of office of members appointed pursuant to subsection (b) of this section shall be three years.

    (d) The Council membership shall annually elect a member to serve as chair.

    (e) All members shall be voting members.

    (f) At the expiration of the term of an appointed member or in the event of a vacancy during an unexpired term, the new member shall be appointed in the same manner as his or her predecessor. Members of the Council may be reappointed.

    (g)(1) The Council may submit a written report to the House Committee on Human Services and to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare with its findings and any recommendations for legislative action.

    (2) The report shall include the following:

    (A) measurable goals for the State's substance abuse system of care; and

    (B) three to five performance measures that demonstrate the system's results.

    (3) The provisions of 2 V.S.A. § 20(d) (expiration of required reports) shall not apply to the report required to be made under this subsection.

    (h) Each member of the Council not otherwise receiving compensation from the State of Vermont or any political subdivision thereof shall be entitled to receive per diem compensation as provided in 32 V.S.A. § 1010(b) for not more than six meetings annually. Each member shall be entitled to his or her actual and necessary expenses. (Added 2013, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 118, eff. May 20, 2014; amended 2015, No. 58, § E.313.1; 2017, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 4a, eff. May 21, 2018.)