Andreas Mitchell

2016 Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 31, 2016

Graduate Degree: Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St. Louis
Area of Interest: Mental Health Issues
Mentors: Representative Jeff Sanchez, House Chair of Joint Committee of Public Health Finance and Melissa Threadgill, Community Resources for Justice
Agency: MA Office of Health and Human Services
Project Description: Andreas worked with the Special Commission to Investigate and Study State-Licensed Addiction Treatment Centers at the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services. This commission was created by the Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education and Prevention, which was signed into law by Governor Baker in March 2016. Andreas worked with commission members to establish a plan for collecting data and making recommendations in a report to be submitted by January 2017. He researched questions posed by the commission with respect to ten separate topic areas, organized and facilitated focus groups to solicit information from key stakeholders, and synthesized the data gathered in presentations to the commission. In addition, Andreas played a coordinating role in setting up commission meetings, preparing materials, and communicating with commission members to ensure representation of all members’ ideas in the process.