Join the IRN on June 17th, 2022 for the first ever Indiana Recovery Community Summit! The goal of the Summit is to provide current information and resources to existing, new, and emerging recovery community organizations, recovery community centers, recovery engagement centers, recovery cafes, recovery residences, peer supports, and all areas of the Indiana recovery ecosystem.



Breakout Presenter:

Shelly Weizman, JD

A human rights lawyer whose areas of interest include advancing public policy related to addiction, mental health, and disabilities. She currently serves as the Project Director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center where she works on a project portfolio focused on the overdose epidemic and how the law can promote access to addiction treatment and support recovery. Ms. Weizman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, where she introduced and teaches a course on Addiction & Mental Health Law and Policy. She is on the leadership team that developed a new Master of Science in Addiction Policy & Practice at Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. She also facilitates the Recovery Policy Collaborative, a network of experts in health, human rights, and policy who have lived experience with addiction and serves on the Board of Directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery. She is a national speaker on topics related to the opioid crisis; health law, policy and finance; addiction law and policy; and related subjects. Ms. Weizman previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Mental Hygiene in the Office of the Governor of New York where she oversaw policy and operations related to addiction, mental health and disabilities. She also served as the Policy Director for Managed Care in the New York State Office of Mental Health where she implemented reforms to New York’s public mental health system. Ms. 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. 

Ms. Weizman is the recipient of the 2022 Boston Congress for Public Health’s 40 Under 40 Public Health Catalyst Award, the 2021 Mary L. Fleming Memorial Mentor of the Year Award from the Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic (SAFE) Project, and the 2019 Distinguished Public Service Award from the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation. She holds a JD with a concentration in Health Law and Policy from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a person living and thriving in long-term recovery from addiction for over 24 years.


Amy Brinkley
Recovery Support Systems Coordinator
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

Amy currently works for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) as the first ever Recovery Support Systems Coordinator. In this role Amy helps set standards nationally for peer and recovery support services working directly with federal and state partners in all states and territories. Previously Amy Brinkley served as the Recovery Support Services Director in the state of Indiana working to expand peer and recovery support services across the state with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction. She is a person in long term recovery and wellness from mental illness and a substance use disorder that led to incarceration. She most recently served for 2 years as the Chairperson for NASMHPD’s Division of Recovery Support Services advocating for the professionalization of recovery supports across the country. Amy has been author on several APA articles related to peer support through her work on the APA Policy Advisory Board and continues to serve in this capacity today. Her passion and expertise are driven from the loss of three brothers to suicide and her heart is to advocate for change across the country through effective recovery data collection and evaluation processes that drive recovery-oriented outcomes which will in turn improve the quality of life and recovery for people with substance use disorders and mental illness.