America's Opioid Epidemic: Supporting Recovery

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America's Opioid Epidemic: Supporting Recovery

The opioid epidemic is affecting millions of Americans across the country. Yet few of those with an opioid addiction are receiving treatment for their condition and fewer still have access to services that can support a long-term recovery.

Now that the opioid crisis has been designated a public health emergency, what is being done at the federal and state levels to overcome barriers and deploy effective recovery support programs? The President’s opioid task force has recommended expanding the use of recovery coaches and reinforced the value of services like peer-to-peer programs, skills training, and supportive housing. What role can Congress play in implementing these recommendations and how can they be adequately funded?

On February 14, The Hill convened key government leaders, policymakers, addiction experts and recovery advocates for a solutions-focused conversation on opioid recovery support services. 


  • Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States 
  • Arthur Evans, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, American Psychological Association 
  • Tom Hill, Vice President, Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Denise Holden, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RASE Project
  • Andre Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Recovery Project
  • Rich Jones, Executive Director, Faces & Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) Greenville
  • Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH), Vice Chair, Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus
  • Patty McCarthy Metcalf, Executive Director, Faces & Voices of Recovery
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Member, Senate Committee on Finance
  • Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill
  • Rachel Roubein, Health Care Reporter, The Hill