The SMART Policy Network was created in 2020 to support the University of Tennessee’s 2019-2025 strategic plan objective of providing leadership in mitigating the opioid crisis in Tennessee.

This collaborative effort is led by a multi-disciplinary group of experts from the University of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, Metro Drug Coalition, the Tennessee Judiciary, Cedar Recovery, and New Hope Treatment Center.

Mission:
Partner with communities to curate and disseminate balanced perspectives to inform sustainable, evidence-based policies to prevent substance misuse and advance effective treatment and recovery support services for Tennessee.
Vision:
Resilient communities empowered to overcome substance misuse.

 

What We Do

Utilizing a multi-disciplinary panel of researchers, the SMART Policy Network will support elected and appointed officials craft effective policies concerning addiction by providing data-driven evidence to inform policy. The SMART Policy Network reviews research and analysis to develop a collective voice that would inform legislative action.

Activities include preparing and disseminating briefs on evidence-informed approaches to addiction-related policy, providing members of the media with accurate scientific information about addiction and addiction-related policy, and engaging with the UT government relations and advocacy team to consult with policymakers on pending laws and regulations.