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Community & Behavioral Health | Recovery | Social Change


Changing the Conversation

Justine Hanson

Justine Hanson
Justine Hanson is a Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation. She is part of the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy team and directs the project’s Policy Academy, supporting states, territories, and tribal organizations to implement recovery-oriented behavioral health system transformation initiatives. She is a sociocultural anthropologist with expertise in understanding the needs of diverse groups, multiple stakeholders, and vulnerable populations.
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Understanding Addiction as a Chronic Disease

I recently spent my day writing final project reports. I wrote about how our project helped one state place peer recovery coaches in hospital emergency rooms to support people recovering from opioid overdoses. Another state expanded supported employment opportunities for transition-age youth. Several states created training and credentialing programs for peer recovery support specialists to help people enter and sustain recovery from mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Another state is re-examining and re-engineering their entire behavioral health crisis response system. We helped a U.S. Territory experiencing a substance use crisis take steps to establish their first-ever recovery community organization. We brought together adults in recovery with family members of adults with behavioral health disorders to discuss ways to improve supports for people in crisis.