June 28, 2016 – Washington D.C. – The Legal Action Center is delighted to announce that Ellen Weber will be rejoining the Center on July 5th as our Vice President for Health Initiatives. Ellen, who worked at the Legal Action Center in both New York and Washington, D.C. from 1985 to 2002, including establishing our D.C. office in 1988, will return to lead the Center’s health care initiatives.
A national expert on laws and policies concerning substance use disorder for three decades, Ellen’s work will focus on the enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, national health care policy development and state-based health insurance support. Ellen has been on the faculty of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law since 2002, directing the Drug Policy and Public Health Strategies Clinic, which is part of the Law School’s nationally ranked Health Law and Clinical Law programs.
Most recently, Ellen and her clinic students have worked with community partners on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Parity Act in Maryland, integration of the financing and delivery of publicly-funded substance use disorder and mental health services, and harm reduction strategies to address Maryland’s opioid use epidemic. Ellen will continue to work on Maryland-based health care policy initiatives over the next year, through the support of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, as a part-time Carey Law School faculty member.