Maria Schiff supports Pew’s efforts to increase the use of evidence-based treatment of substance use disorder in criminal justice settings. This builds on her previous work at Pew tracking and analyzing state and local correctional health care spending and performance. Schiff has helped develop 50-state assessments and other analyses of the health care provided to people incarcerated in prisons and jails or transitioning back into the community.
Before coming to Pew, Schiff held numerous positions in the health care field. At the National Governors Association, she advised states on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and conducted research in health workforce planning and professional scope of practice laws. She also was the Massachusetts health policy director. After her government service, Schiff launched a managed care insurance program for newly insured individuals.
Schiff holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York, Buffalo and a master’s in community health administration from Long Island University.