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Substance Misuse Prevention Services

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Northeast Prevention Coalition

The Northeast Prevention Coalition in Saint Johnsbury represents Northeast Kingdom communities in support of healthy choices. It is dedicated to preventing substance use, misuse and abuse for all ages using a variety of strategic interventions. Read our Community Report here or click here to request more information.

To read our latest letter to parents and community members, click here.

Promoting health, reducing risk

We are committed to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and norms. Our goals are to reduce underage drinking, high-risk alcohol consumption, marijuana and tobacco misuse, prescription drug and stimulant misuse, and illicit stimulants and opioids. To prevent substance misuse, we review data to identify existing conditions that either promote risk or protect from risk, assess a community’s readiness and capacity to address the conditions, and then identify strategies and programs.

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Prevention Services

We are located at the lower level at 55 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury. Contact  Cheryl Chandler, Director of Substance Misuse Prevention Services, at 802-748-7555.

Meet the Team

Cheryl Chandler is the Substance Misuse Prevention Director and has over 14 years of experience in the field of prevention.  She is experienced in utilizing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), Strategic Prevention Framework to address underage and binge drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse, as well as problem and disordered gambling.  Her strengths include coalition development and community capacity building.  She believes that community coalitions can be one of a community’s greatest assets when addressing substance use, misuse and abuse.  Cheryl has served as the Director of a Youth Service Bureau in Connecticut managing several federal, state and local grants as well as the Assistant Director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.  She permanently moved to Vermont in August of 2016. She is especially impressed with Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s commitment to prevention in Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties, Wells River and the collaborative spirit of community members.   Cheryl has two adult children and resides in West Danville with her husband Keith.

 

Carolyn Towne is the Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator. She has more than 20 years of experience working in social services including community mental health, homeless and housing services, domestic and sexual violence intervention and prevention, suicide prevention and SUD treatment and recovery. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of NH at Manchester in 2000, graduating summa cum laude. Since then she has continued to hone her skills by attending various seminars and trainings to continue her education. Carolyn believes her integrative approach will continue to be instrumental in mobilizing the community towards this important goal.

 

Emily Delleman is the Tobacco Prevention Specialist. She is responsible for implementing community-based chronic disease prevention strategies related to reducing tobacco initiation, use, and exposure to secondhand smoke. Emily recently graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology with a concentration in design for chronic disease prevention. Emily is a rower for the Green Racing Project (GRP) and training for the U.S. National Rowing Team. As a member of the GRP, she is sponsored by and lives at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center (CoC) with fellow GRP athletes. As a resident athlete she works to support the mission of the CoC, which prioritizes environmental stewardship, sustainable practices, and philanthropic support of the local community in its daily operations. Some of her favorite pastimes at the CoC include having bonfires with teammates, cross-country skiing, baking and gardening.