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Jessica Hulsey Nickel

Jessica began working in prevention at 15 years old through an anti-drug coalition in southern California. The next chapters included an appointment by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Drug-Free Communities Commission, serving as a legislative aid in the U.S. House of Representatives, and work to pass and fund the Second Chance Act to help individuals returning home from prison and jail. In 2015, Jessica founded the Addiction Policy Forum to help families and patients struggling with the disease of addiction. Frustrated by the lack of progress in improving outcomes for those individuals and families struggling, she started the nonprofit with $13,000 from her own savings account and long hours at the dining room table. Read more about Jessica Hulsey Nickel.

Recent Posts

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Addiction Policy Forum Celebrates the LGBTQ Community with a new Rainbow Logo for Pride Month

By Jessica Hulsey Nickel on June 13, 2019

Topics: lgbtq
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The Superheroes Working to Address the Opioid Epidemic

By Jessica Hulsey Nickel on April 28, 2019

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10 West Virginian Programs to Address Addiction You Need to Know About

By Jessica Hulsey Nickel on March 26, 2019

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Official Statement on New CDC Data on Drug Overdose Deaths

By Jessica Hulsey Nickel on November 29, 2018

 
Topics: Press Release
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No Missed Opportunities: Criminal Justice Interventions in our National Response to Addiction

By Jessica Hulsey Nickel on October 4, 2018

Substance use disorders impact every community in the United States. Every day, nearly 200 Americans die from a drug overdose. Our first responders, law enforcement and criminal justice personnel are increasingly at the center of this issue—from being first at the scene of an overdose to responding to the lack of resources and limited treatment options for individuals with substance use disorders who are in our jails and criminal justice systems.

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Accidental Miracles and How Addiction Policy Forum Started

By Jessica Hulsey Nickel on July 11, 2018

I was at a cookout recently when someone asked about what I do for work, and I happily spoke about Addiction Policy Forum, and the Brimley Group. They asked how I came to set up both of these organizations and my honest answer was: “A total accident.”

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