In 2015, Brad lost a brother to an opioid-related death. Brad also experienced numerous unsuccessful attempts helping friends and family members gain access to addiction treatment.
These experiences transformed Brad’s clinical work in a profound way and motivated him to take action against barriers to treatment access and the opioid epidemic that in 2016 alone claimed 827 lives in Wisconsin and continues to claim approximately 115 lives in the U.S. daily.
For more than a year, Brad worked directly with the Wisconsin State Legislature as a private citizen to draft legislation (AB907, Substance Abuse Certification) that repealed overly burdensome regulations that demonstrated no clinical utility and were significantly decreasing access to addiction treatment in Wisconsin.
The legislation he helped draft unanimously passed both the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Senate and was signed into law by Governor Walker on April 9, 2018 (picture: Bill Signing Ceremony, Act 262). It is estimated that when mental health organizations fully integrate the new laws, access to addiction treatment could increase by as much as 500%, without costing the taxpayers a single dime.
This experience renewed Brad’s hope in the power of representative government and motivated him to expand his clinical work to the area of public policy. He is currently a member of Wisconsin's Community Substance Abuse Service Standards (DHS 75) Revisions Committee.