New Leadership at NAATP

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Congratulations to Michael Walsh, who today was named the new CEO at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.

Unofficially, Mike is known for his passion and commitment to recovery – he’s got a reputation as a guy who answers his phone before it rings twice, and who is always there to lend a helping hand to the addict in crisis. On a more official basis, Mike is currently the Director of Development for the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, a CARON Treatment Center. He has a Master of Substance Abuse Counseling Degree, and is a long standing member of our industry’s leading organizations including NAATP, NAADAC, and the Association of Intervention Specialists.

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I believe NAATP’s selection of Mike is great news for all of us, because Mike is the kind of guy who will bring passion, energy and experience to the job. And it’s a big job, in my opinion. Ours is an industry that is being shaped right now by several important trends nationally — including health care reform, insurance parity legislation, and a variety of medication-assisted treatment protocols.

As chief executive, Mike will be responsible for overseeing our industry’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill; and he will have an important voice in battling the stigma associated with the disease of addiction. What’s more, as NAATP’s membership continues to grow each year, our new CEO will need to get creative in order to foster cooperation amongst a widely diverse and outspoken group of member organizations.

So, on behalf of Jaywalker Lodge and the Colorado treatment community, a warm welcome to the new guy! The stakes are high, but the upside is enormous as well. By setting aside our philosophical differences, uniting behind our leadership, and working together as an industry… the addiction treatment field will be able to extend its reach to those individuals and families in desperate need of our services.

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