In an impressive ceremony held on a picture postcard pre-summer day, the beautifully done souvenir program distributed to the guests said it very well about the outstanding contributions of Hanton to the North Suffolk Mental Health Association.
The program read: “NSMHA’s Addictions Division wouldn’t be what it is today without the leadership, guidance, and vision of Kim Hanton.”
Hanton retired from the organization in 2020 after 34 years of exceptional service. She is currently Chief of Staff to Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo’s Office.
The tribute to Kim Hanton Wednesday was the Kim Hanton House – a fully accessible, 12-bed residence with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders – that was named in her honor. City and state officials joined Hanton’s colleagues, friends and family at the dedication and official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
State Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and
NSMHA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jackie K. Moore praised Hanton’s dedication, energy, and optimism during her career at the organization.
Sudders presented a Governor’s Citation to Hanton “in recognition of your passion and commitment to public service, your compassion and dedication to serving those who have a mental illness or substance use disorder, and your outstanding leadership and tireless efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic to support and protect the residents of Revere.” Moore spoke about the incredible legacy that