Recovery Vermont presents Senator Leahy with Legislative Champion Award on Recovery Day

Vermont Business Magazine Recovery Vermont is proud to announce that Senator Patrick Leahy has received the Legislative Champion Peter Mallary Award “for a lifetime of dedication to the health of Vermonters and for national leadership in serving those with substance use disorders Substances” at their annual recovery day at State House, held virtually on February 16, 2022.

The award’s namesake, Peter Mallary, served as vice president of advocacy for the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery and Recovery Vermont for more than eight years, serving as a legislator before that, and in many other capacities serving of Vermont for decades.

Although the award is usually given to state legislators or other influential state-level addiction recovery advocates — with past recipients including Reps. Dave Yacovone, Peter Fagan and John Killacky — Senator Leahy was a clear choice for this year’s award before his impending retirement. following an unparalleled record of achievement and support for the recovery community in Vermont and nationally during his career.

Among the countless contributions Senator Leahy has made to invest billions of dollars in drug addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery in the United States, in 2019 the Senator helped secure $9.5 million from the CDC to track overdoses, strengthen Vermont’s prescription drug surveillance system, and build community awareness. Senator Leahy helped establish the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), providing $130 million in new funding in the 2018 Labor-HHS Appropriations Act fiscal year.

RCORP’s total funding now stands at $460 million since the program began. In 2019, Senator Leahy announced that the University of Vermont would receive $6.6 million in RCORP funding to establish the Center on Rural Addiction, one of three such centers of excellence in the country. The UVM-Center on Rural Addiction serves as a resource for scientific and technical assistance, and provides information and training to clinicians, programs, and policy makers seeking advice on how to address the challenges of addiction-related disorders. to substance use.

Senator Leahy was one of seven negotiators for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 and drafted a provision to help rural communities access naloxone, a requirement that funding be directed to hardest hit communities and increased access to MAT.

Perhaps one of the accomplishments that will have the longest legacy, Senator Leahy was instrumental in securing funding for the Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants amounting to nearly $2 billion. of dollars per fiscal year, with the possibility of a significant increase by the next federal government. budget and a 10% recovery reserve, the first of its kind, which will provide unprecedented funding for recovery services.

“Senator Leahy has built his career and his reputation on doing the right thing for Vermonters – for all Vermonters, regardless of background or affiliation. He represented all of us. His commitment to the serious public health problem of substance use disorders is one example. He paved the way by removing barriers and providing support so that we could help each other and heal. This award could not be given to a more deserving individual, and his leadership will be missed after his next retirement! said Peter Espenshade, president and CEO of Recovery Vermont.

In accepting the award, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, “What an honor to accept the Legislative Champion Peter Mallary Award from Vermont’s courageous and committed recovery community. I have the deepest respect for all who dedicate their work and their lives to supporting Vermonters struggling to overcome substance use disorders. The rising death toll in Vermont is a grim reminder that much more needs to be done, and I pledge to continue our productive partnership. For me, it has always been important to work with the recovery community over the years in the fight on the Appropriations Committee to make it a priority each year to provide the resources needed to support Vermonters looking to rebuild their lives. .

You can see Senator Leahy’s acceptance speech here and watch the full recording of Recovery Day 2022 here.

Recovery Vermont is the hub for all things addiction recovery in Vermont. Based in Montpelier, Recovery Vermont is a nonprofit organization that supports the recovery workforce by training and certifying all Vermont recovery coaches, who help thousands of Vermonters a year. Recovery Coaches work in every corner of the state: in our 14 major hospitals and 12 recovery centers, in the areas of employment, corrections, housing, concurrent mental health services, reduction harm, prevention, treatment, etc. Recovery Vermont is at the forefront of new approaches to addiction recovery and mental health support, advocating since 1939 for excellent, humane, and readily available recovery and mental health supports. It was also the birthplace and parent organization of a number of now independent organizations, including Camp Daybreak, the Me2Orchestra, the Vermont Alliance for Recovery Residences, and the Vermont Recovery Network. Recovery Vermont is home to the Recovery Friendly Workplaces initiative. We run a statewide rural labor initiative in partnership with HRSA. And finally, we are the headquarters of the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Information Clearinghouse, or VADIC. Learn more about us in visit our websiteor by contacting us by e-mail.

Vermont Recovery & VAMHAR 3.7.2022

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