Vermont expert appointed to US substance abuse panel

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — One of Vermont’s leaders in addressing substance use and addiction has been appointed to a national panel that is looking for ways to improve federal programs for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery.

Cynthia Seivwright, of Essex Junction, the director of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs with the Vermont Department of Health was recommended by Gov. Phil Scott for the post on the newly established committee.

“This is well-deserved recognition of Cindy’s unique talents and her contributions to addressing the complex challenges of addiction and substance use disorder,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine. “That Vermont’s innovative programs, especially our Hub and Spoke system of care, are models for the rest of the country, is in no small part due to Cindy’s efforts.”

The panel is charged with providing recommendations to HHS and the Office of National Drug Control Policy for improving federal programs for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery.

Seivwright has worked in human services for more than 30 years. She has served as an emergency services worker for the community mental health center in Rutland, as a psychotherapist working with adults and adolescents and in other positions.