WeRecover is pleased to announce that former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy has joined our team in a Senior Advisory position. Mr. Kennedy is the founder of the Kennedy Forum and a co-founder of One Mind. He also previously served with WeRecover Senior Advisor on Public Policy, Governor Chris Christie on President Trump’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
He is the youngest son of the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy and a nephew of both President John F. Kennedy and his Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy who was also a Senator from Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College, where as a Junior he was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives. He served for 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island in the House of Representatives beginning in 1995, having been re-elected to that office a total of seven times.
Mr. Kennedy has long been an advocate for Mental Health and Addiction issues stemming from his own struggles with Bi-Polar Disorder and Addiction. The Kennedy Forum that he founded in 2013 is a behavioral health non-profit. One Mind is a non-profit research foundation charged with the study of brain diseases. He is also the founder or co-founder of the advocacy groups Advocates for Opioid Recovery and Smart Approaches to Marijuana. Additionally he is the author of a memoir entitled A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction.
On the addition to our team CEO Stephen Estes told me exclusively, “Congressman Kennedy co-sponsored the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and is the leading voice and champion of mental health advocacy in the United States. We cannot be more excited that his vision aligns with ours and that we have joined forces to fight the good fight together.”
Patrick joined WeRecover because the opioid crisis has worsened in the last several years and patient brokers, directories, call centers, and other bad actors remain, tarnishing industry credibility. Technologically speaking, search engines with bidding platforms are driving costs out of control for treatment centers and making it harder for people to find the right treatment for them. WeRecover’s mission is to combat all of these deficiencies and help individuals find treatment regardless of their financial status.