The Center for U.S. Policy (CUSP) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research and education organization.

CUSP’s mission is to enhance the health, safety, and economic opportunity of all Americans.

We are presently focusing intensely on advancing solutions to our nation’s intertwined substance abuse, mental health, and incarceration crises.

We pursue our mission by conducting research and analysis; formulating policy proposals; educating professionals, policy makers, and young people; and increasing public awareness.

In conducting our activities, we strive to focus on facts and to engage respectfully with people whose ideas and opinions differ from our own.

Michael C. Barnes, Chairman

Christopher Piemonte, Policy Manager

We pursue our mission through the following activities:

Researching and analyzing legislation, regulation, enforcement activity, litigation, and other current events

Developing economically sound, legally practical policy proposals

Educating professionals by presenting at conferences, conducting webinars, and writing articles for publication in academic journals

Informing policy makers and stakeholders by publishing issue briefs and participating in briefings and panel discussions

Supporting charitable and educational organizations whose missions align with ours

Sharing knowledge and providing strategic recommendations

Serving on advisory and editorial boards

Providing mentorship, research support, and networking opportunities for students and young professionals

Increasing public awareness by explaining and commenting on current events through news outlets, social media, and our website

Our work is premised upon and promotes these values:




We envision a society with the following qualities:


A commitment to mental and physical health


Economically strong, socially connected, and safe communities


A justice system with rehabilitation at its core


Public policy that recognizes the responsibilities and advances the rights of individuals