Ingrid Gillespie

Director of Prevention, Liberation Programs Inc

Ingrid has worked for over 30 years in the human services field in both urban and rural communities. In July 2020, she started in her present position as Director of Prevention at Liberation Programs Inc with a focus on strengthening prevention and early intervention through collaborations.

Prior to this position, Ingrid spent 16 years as executive director building and facilitating a regional coalition known as Communities 4 Action. The coalition was a catalyst for regional collaborations to help reduce substance abuse and promote mental health across the lifespan. Achievements of the coalition include successful legislative advocacy (e.g., CT Bill 5487), piloting a regional medication drop-box program that has since expanded, facilitating initiatives such as SBIRT, organizing and conducting regional youth trainings, producing publications, organizing behavioral health forums and annual Recovery Celebrations. 

She is a member of the DMHAS Advisory Board, the Prevention, Screening & Early Intervention subcommittee of the Alcohol and Drug Policy Council, Co-chair of Region 1 Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) and a number of  a number of local coalitions.  Ingrid also facilitates the Region 1 Gambling Awareness Team which is a program of The Hub.  She holds a Bachelor of Physical Education Degree and a Masters of Science in Community Economic Development. Her trainings include Opioid Overdose Prevention, Asset Based Community Development, Asset Based Youth Development, QPR certification (Question, Persuade, Refer; a suicide prevention training program), and Gaming Disorder Training.

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