Sarah Howroyd is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) was born and raised in Manchester, CT. She attended Wheelock College (now Boston University) in Boston, MA for her Undergraduate studies. She received a Bachelor of Social Work degree with Honors while studying there. Sarah resided in Boston, MA for almost a decade before relocating back to Connecticut in the late 2000’s. Presently, she lives in West Hartford, CT and loves all things related to health and fitness.
Sarah received a Master of Social Work in Administration degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Her Focus Area was Mental Health/Substance Use and she was appointed a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society while studying there. In November 2017, Sarah was presented with the Connecticut National Association of Social Workers (NASW) MSW Student of the Year Award. This honor is awarded to a student with an above average academic record in addition to having made noteworthy contributions to the professional community beyond the expectations of the field experience.
Sarah co-found, designed, and implemented the Manchester, CT HOPE (Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education) Initiative with retired Manchester, CT Police Chief Marc Montminy. The HOPE Initiative is a law-enforcement facilitated community diversion program for people living with Opioid Use Disorder. The program aims to humanely treat, combat, and diminish the Opioid epidemic by helping those most affected to enter treatment, instead of the criminal justice system.
In June 2017, Sarah was named a Hartford Courant Hometown Hero for her extensive work and commitment to the initiative. Additionally, she was awarded the first Congressional Connecticut Public Safety Award in the state by Senator Steve Cassano and Connecticut Senate for her, “diligent work in combating Connecticut’s Opioid crisis,” in September 2017.
Sarah was named a Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGA) in September 2018, which recognizes people performing humanitarian work while promoting initiatives to the people who need them most.
In January 2020, Sarah was named as part of Connecticut Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. This honor recognizes the most influential up-and-comers in Connecticut under the age of 40.
In June 2020, Sarah was awarded the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 2020 Community Achievement Award.
Sarah is proudly an active member of both the Connecticut Governor’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Council and the Connecticut Opioid Overdose Prevention Workgroup. Sarah frequently utilizes her strong oratorical abilities in public speaking segments infusing her addiction related expertise while conveying a message of inspiration, hope, and recovery. She is a lifelong change agent and tireless advocate for the betterment of people, families, and communities in need.