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January 26, 2015

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Vermillion: I can’t continue to manage stress with Xanax, alcohol

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Kathleen Vermillion

The death of singer Whitney Houston had a profound impact on Kathleen Vermillion, the former Henderson City Council member who founded a homeless youth charity now under federal and state investigation.

Vermillion told the Sun today that she spent the past week in Alaska, staying in the home of a relative “to decompress.” Her time away — she returned to Las Vegas Wednesday night — was prompted by the realization that her nightly routine of prescription drugs and alcohol was a lot like the mix that reportedly claimed the life of Houston, she said.

“I took a handful of pills, washed it down with some wine and went to bed, which is the norm for me,” she said. “I can’t continue to manage my stress with Xanax and alcohol.”

Her struggles became public on Feb. 3, when her 15-year-old daughter called 911, seeking medical assistance for Vermillion.

Vermillion is emphatic that she was not trying to kill herself that night. She acknowledged, however, that her behavior is “self-destructive.”

“I’m looking at it and going…‘I don’t know where the lines are blurred between deliberately trying to kill yourself or doing something so reckless that you know it’s going to harm you.’”

Her daughter stayed with family in Las Vegas while Vermillion was in Alaska.

The 911 call came as troubles mounted for Vermillion.

She is the founder of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, a charity that gained notoriety for its efforts to curb homelessness. In December, however, the group’s new executive director began to question how money — which the group received through grants and donations — was being spent.

Shortly after, he was placed on administrative leave. He then filed a detailed complaint with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, which sources say is going to audit the organization. Meanwhile, sources also say, the FBI is focusing on the Homeless Youth Foundation, which was created as the fund-raising arm of the partnership.

While that was going on, Vermillion filed a lawsuit against her former boyfriend Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Clark County, alleging both had released sensitive medical information about her and violated her privacy. She also alleged Sisolak had an “improper” but not criminal relationship with her daughter.

Sisolak fired back. After Vermillion’s attorney, Rob Martin, asked him for $3.9 million to drop the suit, he filed a police report alleging he was being criminally extorted by Vermillion, Martin, and his public relations adviser, Mark Fierro. Police are still investigating that claim.

The board of the partnership fired Vermillion and reinstated the executive director.

Vermillion dropped her lawsuit against Sisolak and the county.

On Tuesday, county commissioners — not including Sisolak, who abstained from discussion and voting — reaffirmed a $214,000 grant awarded to the partnership in December.

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  1. Hopefully, she can take the time she needs to get her life back on track...self-destructive behavior can sometimes be very subtle...good luck...

  2. Frankly, I am sick of hearing about this woman and her problems. Is all of this publicity part of some sort of professionally constructed public relations "plan" to rehabilitate her reputation? To me she's just another self absorbed person like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian.


  3. What is it with people and their problems moving to Alaska? Is there some kind of problem solving solution out there? A well of good fortune?

  4. Thinking more about this - I've been reading a lot of articles of 40+ aged women experiencing depression. Whitney Houston, Demi Moore, Courtney Cox, Novelist Marian Keyes, and many others.

    All you have to do is google middle-aged women depression.

    Main stream society seems to be frowning on the standard family and emphasizes on the single life style or togetherness with a partner at a much later time in life.

    The family portrait is fading? What is going on?

  5. WOW! she is riding the coat tails of Whitney Houston's death. This woman has no shame.

  6. "ENOUGH"...,..Kathleen Vermillion when you accept complete ownership of your actions, take full responsibility of the damage, and pain, you have inflicted on so many people... show genuine remorse, then maybe you can be believed... Your lack of respect for those who truly live a sober lifestyle is shameful... It takes more than a week in Alaska, it takes blood, sweat, and tears... NOT radio shows, TV, and newspaper interviews... This is "Tough Love" Kathleen, something your friends and family are afraid or just dont know how to tell you.. Actions speak louder than words! STOP TALKING !!! Knowing you're an addict gives you NO EXCUSES... It just means you're an addict... STOP PLAYING to the audience... It's up to you, and you alone if you want to be a sober addict or not...

  7. I have not had a favorable impression from her dealings with the charity or relationship with Sisolack. Now put all that to the side!

    That's great news you now realize that alcohol and drugs are not the way out of our problems. Alcohol is the Devil, he's stealing your happiness with alcohol. Why do you think they call it "spirits?" it's an eveil spirit. One day at a time and it will get easier and easier. Lookforward to a new life and be happy again. Maybe Whitneys death did open her eyes to what continued use will do to a human. We all have the same plumbing. Good luck.

    With that said, if you took money from the charity you will have to own up to it one day. That's if you did anything wrong.

    Shaw, what exactly do you want a person to do? Get on their needs and beg? Your post is mean spirited and I'm 100% your not perfect.