Brandon George is the Vice President for Recovery and Advocacy Programs for Mental Health America Indiana, and the Director of Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition, which advocates for recovery through public policy and education. As a person in long-term recovery, Brandon dedicates his personal and professional time to fighting addiction and promoting recovery.
While advocacy and policy are the areas that Brandon spends most of his efforts, he has also implemented a new statewide service delivery method. Brandon helped create a recovery ecosystem in Indiana consisting of over 20 recovery organizations that serve 92 counties. With a focus on reaching all communities, the network includes BIPOC-focused organizations, rural communities, and harm reduction agencies. Brandon has consulted throughout the country on both policy and recovery infrastructure. His effort around increasing access to medications for opioid use disorder is broadly acknowledged having contributed to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health’s publication on this topic and Georgetown Law O’Neill Institute’s toolkit on MOUD in corrections.
Brandon has been a consultant for SAMHSA’s Opioid Response Network and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and is a contributor to Harvard’s Law Blog. He served as a trusted advisor to the National Judicial Opioid Task Force, on the leader’s council for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and recently spoke on addiction workforce issues and recovery messaging at the White House for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Jodi Miller is a Certified Addictions Peer Recovery Coach Level II and a Certified Health & Wellness Coach with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. Her work experience includes Women’s Coordinator at Fairbanks Supportive Living Program where she completed her internship in Women’s Recovery Management. Jodi worked in the Boone County Department of Corrections After Care Women’s Program where she introduced her own wellness program teaching guided meditations and vision building. She has been active in service to women in Hamilton and Marion County Jail. Jodi serves on SAMHSA’s Recovery Community Services Program – Statewide Networks Advisory Board and DMHA’s Recovery Support Workgroup and Indiana’s Recovery Council. Jodi is a person in long term recovery dedicating her life to statewide advocacy and carrying the message of peace, love and hope for the recovery community.
HEATHER RODRIGUEZ, MSW, CAPRC I
Manager of Recovery Community Development
Heather is the Director of the Indiana Recovery Network and Manager of Recovery Community Development with Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition (IAIC), programs of Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI). Heather has a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a Certified Addictions Peer Recovery Coach l (CAPRC l). She is a person in sustained recovery and believes that recovery supports are an integral part of an individual’s journey to overcome challenges associated with substance use and or mental health concerns and that individuals have the right to choose which pathway of recovery works best for them. Heather is a mother and avid Colts and Pacers fan.