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Recovery is the Answer! Peer Support is the Way Conference

Sep 29 2022, 4:03 PM


Gary De Carolis, Executive Director
Vermont Recovery Network d/b/a Recovery Partners of Vermont

Burlington, VT
On Tuesday, October 18 the Recovery is the Answer! Peer Support is the Way Conference will be held at the Killington Grand Hotel. Recovery Organizations from around the state will be offering workshops and presentations related to exemplary practices that they provide within their recovery organizations. Attendees are staff, board members, community partners and funders from recovery organizations. “The idea is that who better to learn best practices than from your peers who are actually doing the work” stated Michael Johnson, Board President of the Recovery Partners of Vermont. 16 workshops in all will be presented in one hour time slots.
“We hope that this conference will become an annual event” stated, Gary De Carolis, Executive Director, Recovery Partners of Vermont. “There is amazing work being done in recovery organizations every day that save lives and help build countless other lives for people who are in recovery from an alcohol or other substance use disorder. We want to harness the knowledge of staff in each recovery organization and disseminate that knowledge across the recovery system. “
The lead sponsor for this event is Community Health. “We feel it is so important that the state’s recovery organizations are able to come together and learn from each other given the immense job that they have dealing with the astounding opioid overdose death crisis and the critical help that’s needed for people who have an alcohol or other substance use disorder and their families” stated Jill Jesso-White, Director of Communications and Development.
Another important feature of the day will be the presentation of the Mark Helijas Recovery Pioneer Award. The first recipient will be Mark Helijas himself! Mark was instrumental in starting the first peer run recovery center in White River Junction in the early 2000’s. Mark will receive the award during lunch and address the audience. Tracie Hauck, Executive Director, Turning Point Center of Rutland will be the keynote speaker.
The Recovery Partners of Vermont is a 501(C)(3) non-profit that represents 12 recovery organizations across Vermont. Its mission is to support member recovery organizations such that they can be world class establishments supporting individual Vermonters and their families who are in all stages of recovery from an alcohol or other substance use disorder.


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