Henrico Taskforce

Taskforce
Standing (left to right): Michael Feinmel, Chief Tony McDowell, Chief Humberto Cardounel, Sheriff Mike Wade, Brandon Hinton, Monty Dixon, Kenny Ray Stone, Kelly Schaaf, Miller Van Fossen, Judge John Marshall. Sitting (left to right): County Manager John Vithoulkas, Laura Totty, Dr. Beth Teigen, Shannon Taylor, Chuck Rosenberg, James Comey, Sara Harman, Leslie Stephen, Dr. Susan Fischer Davis

The Team

The Heroin Task Force is composed of the following representatives and their designees:

  • Chief Humberto Cardounel, Police Chief
  • Dr. Susan Fischer Davis, District Health Director
  • Chief Tony McDowell, Fire Chief
  • Honorable Shannon Taylor, Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Honorable Michael Wade, Sheriff
  • Laura Totty, Director, Mental Health and Developmental Services
  • Dr. Beth Teigen, Henrico County Public Schools

Our Mission

In the spring of 2016, John Vithoulkas, County Manger appointed a Heroin Task Force to evaluate Henrico County's current response to the Heroin/opiod epidemic. Three Questions were asked:

  • What efforts are currently underway in Henrico County to address Heroin/Opioid issues? Specifically, what is each agency doing and how are we coordinating our efforts?
  • Within our current funding resources, are there enhancements that can be made to strengthen our efforts?
  • What are recommendations to enhance our response that require additional resources?

The Task Force met seven times. The first meeting involved sharing information by the six department heads listed above. There was a common bond and a desire to not only thoroughly understand the issues associated with this epidemic but also to problem -solve and enhance processes where possible right from the beginning. The remainder of the meetings involved consulting with fifty plus community partners and experts in the field. Through their expertise and guidance we gained understanding of the impact heroin/opioid epidemic has on our community. As a result of the Task Force’s work, specific recommendations were made in August 2016 in the following areas: prevention, treatment, communication and the criminal justice system.

Since the fall of 2016, the Task Force has shifted its focus from that of researching the problem, to that of addressing the recommendations one by one. The Henrico Task Force meets monthly as a large group with sub-committees meeting as needed and reporting back to the larger group.

Overall mission of the Heroin Task Force is to stop the opiate overdose deaths in our community and to promote treatment for the citizens that are affected by this epidemic.


Seal of Henrico County