Sam Arsenault in black turtleneck

Samantha (Sam) Arsenault is the Vice President of National Treatment Quality Initiatives for Shatterproof. In this role, Sam is responsible for the development and implementation of the organizations programmatic and research priorities to increase the adoption of evidence-based practices by the addiction treatment sector. This includes leading ATLAS, a first of its kind quality measurement system for addiction treatment facilities. ATLAS combines methodologies from existing health care measurement platforms with innovative crowd-sourcing and consumer review approaches to bring transparency to the quality of addiction treatment facilities. The first phase of ATLAS, a $5 million project supported by Arnold Ventures, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a coalition of health plans, is currently being implemented in six states before phased national expansion. Sam and her team have run a rigorous, iterative process to select the quality measures for phase 1 of ATLAS, test and refine the data collection approach, and build key partnerships in each of the phase 1 states. The project has a triple aim of: first, empowering people impacted by substance use disorders to make informed, educated decisions about treatment from a trusted source. Second, creating feedback loops to addiction treatment facilities to inform quality improvement efforts and accelerate the adoption of best practices shown to improve patient outcomes. Third, to equip policymakers, regulators, and payers with information to make data driven policy and payment decisions, such as the allocation of technical assistance dollars and alignment of incentives with the appropriate clinical care. Sam advocates for solutions in the addiction treatment space on national addiction working groups, at conferences and speaking engagements around the country, and in the media.

Prior to joining Shatterproof, Sam worked on the Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts. In this role, Sam worked to advance programs and policies that improve access and quality of addiction treatment at the state and federal levels, with a focus on medications for opioid use disorder, and changes to infrastructure and payment systems. Sam also worked on research and policy-based initiatives to reduce the inappropriate use of prescription drugs, while ensuring that patients have access to effective pain management, including on the topics of prescription drug monitoring programs, patient-review and restriction programs, and preferred drug lists. Sam also worked as a Research Assistant at the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, where she provided technical assistance to the Academic Health Collaborative of Worcester and conducted quantitative research on childhood trauma and violent offenses. Sam first got her start in public health working on a number of projects with the Worcester Division of Public Health, including youth substance use and tobacco prevention.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, summa cum laude, and a Master’s Degree in Community Development and Planning both from Clark University.