Richard Turner, MPA
Vice President, Senior Program Director, Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and VermontNew England“Phoenix House is true to its mission. It’s rewarding to be part of an organization that offers quality services to individuals in need.”
As the director of correctional services at the Vermont Department of Corrections, Richard Turner gained a unique perspective on the society-wide impact of substance abuse. After 30 years with the Department of Corrections, he joined Maple Leaf Farm, a residential treatment facility in Underhill, VT, where his goal was to help people struggling with addiction before their disease resulted in prison time.
The Department of Corrections had contracted with Phoenix House in the past, so Richard was already familiar with our mission when he joined as director of Vermont’s Intensive Outpatient Program and later became director of all Vermont programs. He joined Phoenix House with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Baldwin-Wallace College and a master’s in public administration from the University of Vermont.
Phoenix House programs in Vermont are unique when compared to facilities around the country. Richard is particularly proud of Vermont’s transitional housing program—or the RISE (Recovery in an Independent, Sober Environment) Program—which offers housing to people suffering from substance abuse with no place to live (or who lack a supportive living environment). “Phoenix House RISE makes a big difference in the recovery journey, where individuals have access to treatment referrals and often end up in a better situation where they are able to live in unsubsidized housing,” Richard says.
Additionally, Richard and his team plan to open additional outpatient clinics in Vermont to expand our services across the state. As our facilities expand, so does our reach to clients who need help. “People know about us and that they can get help from us. They trust us.”