Melissa Ough

Policy Analyst, Substance Use Prevention

As a policy analyst for the Substance Use Prevention project at Community Catalyst, Melissa Ough conducts research and analysis on health care policy. Melissa works with state consumer advocacy groups to expand the use of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to address substance use disorders among youth and young adults.

Melissa formerly worked at the Center for Social Innovation, where she brought best practices to the field through accessible and engaging training, and innovative online tools. She provided technical assistance to SAMHSA homeless programs grantees and HUD-VASH providers. She also instructed courses nationwide on numerous topics, including outreach and enrollment, Critical Time Intervention, and Mental Health First Aid.

Melissa was a research analyst and project manager for a National Institute of Mental Health study on the effectiveness of online learning for dissemination of evidence-based practices in community-based settings.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Gettysburg College and a Master’s in Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work.

Community Catalyst works to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill.

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