Addiction Policy Scholars Program

In response to the ongoing overdose epidemic in the United States, the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative is committed to building capacity within the addiction policy field.

As part of these efforts, the O’Neill Institute has launched the Addiction Policy Scholars Program during National Recovery Month, which celebrates the more than 20 million Americans in recovery from substance use disorder.

The Addiction Policy Scholars Program is a one-year program that supports current and emerging leaders with personal, familial, and professional experiences with addiction and recovery as they develop and implement an original public policy reform project. Scholars are paired with a mentor and are provided the networking tools to collaborate with experts from the addiction policy field, the O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University, and members of the Recovery Policy Collaborative — a network of experts with lived experience with addiction and recovery across health, human rights, government, policy, and law.

Learn more about our inaugural cohort of Addiction Policy

Recovery Policy Collaborative and Addiction Policy Scholars meeting with Assistant Secretary Miriam Delphin-Rittmon and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Tom Coderre of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

Applications for the 2023/2024 cohort will open in the coming months.