Governor Chris Christie Joins WeRecover to Bring Innovation to America's Opioid Crisis
May 16, 2019, 14:40 ET
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, addiction treatment search engine WeRecover announced the addition of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to their leadership team as Senior Advisor on Strategy and Public Policy. Governor Christie was the Chairman of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, and will be leading WeRecover's efforts on public policy, strategic development and public-private partnerships.
On joining WeRecover, Governor Christie said, "As the Chairman of the opioid task force, I was honored to shape our federal government's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. But this isn't a problem government alone can solve. This is the worst epidemic we've ever faced, and we need the kind of innovation that can only come from the private sector. In WeRecover, I've found a team of some of the best and brightest people in tech, fully committed to broadening access to care through data, design and technology."
Governor Christie elaborated, "The reality is, government can pump as much money as they want into treatment, but if people can't find help, don't know where to look, and don't understand their options, the spending increase has a limited impact. A company like WeRecover needs to exist - people need access to treatment at their fingertips when they are ready for it - and fortunately, now they do."
While Governor Christie helped shape recent federal legislation to combat the opioid crisis, WeRecover is leading private sector innovation around:
- Time to treatment: WeRecover generates individualized matches with treatment centers in under 90 seconds.
- Transparency and choice: people can see the options available to them given their insurance, budget, clinical needs, gender and geography.
- Quality of care: WeRecover is collecting data around patient outcomes to inform the relevancy of their search results for each individual seeking treatment.
- Making informed decisions: WeRecover's algorithm uses digital, clinically-rooted frameworks that inform users' search results based on their self-assessed clinical needs.
About WeRecover: Founded in 2016, WeRecover is a venture-backed technology company that has built the nation's most accurate database of treatment programs and a matching algorithm that shows people their individualized treatment options. Since launch, WeRecover's platform has facilitated over thirty million matches with treatment centers. They have raised $5.3m from a number of venture capital firms including Crosslink Capital, Box Group, Struck Capital and Wonder Ventures. Visit https://www.werecover.com/
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