Becca Newman

Becca Newman

Project Coordinator, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Expert in trauma and growth, harm reduction, navigating criminal/social systems as a consumer, alternative treatment modalities, underserved populations and people who use drugs

Becca Newman


Becca joined the CBHJ in August of 2019 as a Program Coordinator for the Opioid Treatment Ecosystem, and then as a Project Coordinator and Evaluator for the Michigan Re-Entry Program in June 2020. Becca’s passion for this area of work stems from her first-hand experience seeing people in her life struggle to navigate the criminal justice, mental health, general societal, and substance use treatment systems--particularly when there is a lack of social or monetary capital. A passion-driven, people-first professional highly adept at building lasting relationships, she graduated from GVSU in December 2018 with her MSW, and is currently enrolled in the University of Michigan's Sex Therapy Certification program. Becca has a passion for all areas of social work, community organizing, as well as promoting equity & inclusion for under-served populations. Areas of expertise and high interest include Harm Reduction, PWUD, PTSD recovery, novel mechanisms for bolstering recovery, holistic health, and equity for criminal-legal involved individuals. She thrives creating direct programming for therapeutic or system settings, and enjoys working with team members and collaborating with the community to produce unique and boundary-spanning programs that are committed to individual and community health. Previously, she interned for Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids in its ex-offender re-entry program, creating and implementing a soft skills training. She was also a Community Resource Specialist for United Way’s 211, serving 13 counties in Michigan.


Becca serves as the project coordinator for the Opioid Treatment Ecosystem initiative and Michigan Re-entry Program (MI-REP) to ensure successful program implementation and evaluation. She serves as the primary liaison within counties, navigating relationships between systems and county partners including community mental health, county jails, department of corrections, probation/parole, peer supports, and first responders. Becca implements evaluation design and data collection including data collection processes, process mapping, identification of data points, collection methods, entry, and reporting, surveys, and focus groups.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Limited License Master Social Worker (LLMSW)
  • MSW, Grand Valley State University
  • BSW, Grand Valley State University

Research Interests

Harm reduction, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), people who use drugs (PWUD), recovery mechanisms, transpersonal psychology, psychedelic therapies and applications, cannabis therapies and potential applications for substance use disorder, consciousness, and community organizing as a mechanism for change leading to equity.

Personal Interests

Camping, reading, concerts, hiking, kayaking, astrophotography, woodworking, art, community organizing, and whole-person health.



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