Shelly Weizman is the associate director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. She focuses on the overdose epidemic, addiction policies, barriers to treatment for substance use disorders, public health approaches to drug policies, and how the law can promote access to treatment and support recovery. Weizman lectures on the opioid crisis, mental health, human rights, health care finance, and the role of government and advocacy in policy reform. She is also interim director of an interdisciplinary Master of Science in Addiction Policy and Practice at Georgetown, and facilitates the Recovery Policy Collaborative, a national network of experts in health, human rights, and policy who have lived experience with addiction.

Before joining Georgetown, Weizman served as the assistant secretary for mental hygiene in the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, where she oversaw policy and operations related to addiction, mental health, and disabilities. She previously served as policy director for managed care at the New York State Office of Mental Health, where she focused on developing and implementing systemic reforms within New York’s public mental health system. Weizman began her legal career as a civil rights attorney at MFY Legal Services, a not-for-profit legal services organization in New York City.

Weizman received her J.D. with a concentration in health law and policy from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Houston.


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