Elizabeth Henry is the Director of Policy at RecoveryPeople, where her personal journey through long-term recovery from substance use deeply informs her advocacy work. She has played a key role in policy and legislative initiatives that promote consumer rights and protections. Her efforts have ensured that those with lived experiences have a voice in shaping state and federal laws. Elizabeth's leadership was instrumental in advocating for nine legislative pieces during the 87th and 88th Texas Legislative sessions, focusing on recovery housing accreditation and anti-patient brokering laws, underscoring her commitment to ethical recovery support practices. Her influence in policy development is tangible, having contributed to significant legislative successes in Texas, such as the passage of bills that bolster recovery housing and support services.

In her role, Elizabeth combines her extensive knowledge with her personal insights to inform policy development and public health initiatives. Her expertise was sought by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA - Office of Women’s Health, where she served as a subject matter expert, contributing to the development of an opioid toolkit for women in their maternity phases. Her engagement extends to influential committees and advocacy groups, including the National Alliance for Recovery Residence’s Advocacy Committee, the Texas Behavioral Health Advisory Council, and the Texas Coalition for Healthy Minds. An architect of educational advocacy programs such as Brown Bag Advocacy, Elizabeth remains at the forefront of recovery education, driving legislative change and community engagement. She has authored and co-authored numerous policy briefs and regularly meets with state and federal agency staff and stakeholders to increase consumer access, choice, and protections for people in recovery and their families. 

Elizabeth's academic achievements in Human Services and Addictions Counseling, combined with her lived experience, lay a strong foundation for her advocacy and policy work. With a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, she continues to build her expertise in public health policy, focusing on the intersection of recovery and community well-being.