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TO SERVE ON GOVERNOR’S INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND PREVENTION
The Office of the Commissioner of Probation
is among the key state agencies that will serve on the
Governor's Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and
Prevention recently re-established by Governor Deval
"I look forward to working on the council
and with other agencies to address substance abuse and
prevention. Substance abuse is a major underlying factor
among probationers and those who are court-involved.
More than 80 percent of probationers suffer with substance
abuse issues," said Commissioner John J. O'Brien.
Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray will serve
as the Council chairman. As a council member, Probation
joins representatives from a wide range of disciplines.
The agencies are as follows but are not limited to the
Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary
of Public Safety; the Secretary of Elder Affairs; the
Secretary of Veterans Affairs; the Commissioner of Education;
Commissioner of Correction; the Commissioner of Public
Health; the Commissioner of Youth Services.
"It is a welcome addition to have membership
from Probation as we realize the significant impact that
substance abuse has on the individuals you have responsibility
for," stated Greg Hughes, Executive Director of the Governor's
Interagency Council on Substance Abuse.
The Interagency Council will meet four
times throughout the year and is charged with establishing
task groups, meetings and forums that address the issue
of substance abuse.
Several subcommittees have been established
and include the Youth, Adolescent and Family Services
Working Group; the Criminal Justice Working Group; and
the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment