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NEIAS Advisory Council
This is a group of leaders in the addiction field who are charged with system evolution. Collectively their role is to explore emerging trends and operational challenges in order to set a desired direction for the addiction field within New England. The council meets annually under the leadership of the Region One Representative to the NASADAD Board of Directors.

SSAs

Joseph Harding, New Hampshire SSA- Advisory Council Chair

Mr. Harding served as the founding executive director of Friends of Recovery New Hampshire (FOR NH), a recovery service and advocacy organization from 1999 until he was hired into his current position as the Director of the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 2004. In this capacity he serves as the federally designated director of the single state agency (SSA) and in this position also serves as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. Mr. Harding participates on the advisory council of the New Hampshire Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, The New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council and their Leadership Team, and the board of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

(NASADAD); and has been involved in a number alcohol and drug related policy initiatives over the past decade within the State of New Hampshire and at the national level.

Mr. Harding earned a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire, and had previously been credentialed as a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC) and a Licensed Clinical Supervisor (LCS) in the area of addiction counseling for more than 15 years. He credits his personal journey in recovery as the impetus for his professional journey in the field.

Rebecca Boss, Rhode Island SSA

Barbara Cimaglio, Vermont SSA

Barbara Cimaglio is a nationally recognized leader in the field of alcohol and drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery. Her career spans almost 40 years of service at the state and local level. She began her professional career working as a counselor with adolescents and families in the City of Chicago. She moved into the role of Program Director and gained experience in managing substance abuse prevention and treatment services in the community, and the complexity of serving families with multiple challenges.

Taking that experience to the next level, Ms. Cimaglio began working for the State of Illinois in 1988 managing prevention services for the Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. She moved into the position of Director of that Department in 1994. Since that time she has held similar positions in the State of Oregon, as the Director of the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (1997-2004); and, currently is the Deputy Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Health overseeing substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services along with various public health programs.

Ms. Cimaglio’s personal recovery has been a driving force behind her career, and she is committed to a comprehensive approach to community substance abuse services. She remains active in the local recovery movement.

Guy Cousins, LCSW, LADC, CCS, Maine SSA

Guy has been working in mental health and substance abuse field for 30 years in a variety of setting; school based, community based, residential, and hospital services. He has worked with adults, children, adolescents, couples & families while working for nonprofit, state, and federal social services agencies.

Mr. Cousins joined the Maine Office of Substance Abuse in September 2006 as the Associate Director and later was appointed Director in October 2008. In September 2011, Guy was appointed Acting Director of Adult Mental Health Services while still leading OSA. The two offices were merged in September 2012 with Guy becoming the Director of the newly integrated Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.

Guy Cousins has a BS degree in Education from the University of Maine at Fort Kent and a Masters in Social from the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Richard Fisher, LCSW, State of Connecticut SSA Representative

Rick Fisher has over 30 years experience in behavioral health inboth clinical and administrative roles.He is currently the director of theConnecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Education andTraining Division.

Mr. Fisher has been in private practice delivering individual,couples and family therapy since 1984 and has been a clinical instructor forthe University of Connecticut Medical School Psychiatric Residency programand is currently and adjunct faculty member of the University of ConnecticutSchool of Social Work.

Hillary Jacobs, Massachusetts SSA

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