Alexandra Rabasco

2015 Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2015
Alexandra Rabasco
Graduate Degree: Boston College, School of Social Work
Undergraduate Degree: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Area of Interest: Criminal Justice Issues
Mentors: Tiziana Dearing, Boston College School of Social Work and Melissa Threadgill, Community Resources for Justice
Agency: Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services
Supervisor: Leslie Darcy, Deputy Chief of Staff
Project Description: Alexandra Rabasco aided in the efforts of Governor Baker’s Opioid Working Group by completing projects on behalf of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. For example, Alexandra created a database by compiling information from multiple state agencies as a means of assessing the number and types of treatment beds offered to individuals struggling with substance misuse throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Alexandra also researched the various forms of medication-assisted treatment, edited policy drafts, completed literature reviews and drafted guidelines on drug prevention education for student athletes and their guardians. In addition, Alexandra networked across multiple agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, shadowed social workers placed in various positions within state government, and had the privilege of meeting many positive mentors and colleagues along the way.