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The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, NAATP, has been the addiction service profession’s vision, voice, and thought leader since 1978. We are committed to advancing addiction services and supporting our ever growing membership of service providers. 

Who We Are

NAATP is a nonprofit professional society of top treatment providers throughout the continuum of care. We support our members by providing clinical and operational resources as well as law and policy advocacy. NAATP’s service as a convening body brings the industry together to promote collegiality and the dissemination of best practices.

Addiction Treatment Providers cannot operate effectively in isolation. Nor will the addiction service provider field thrive separate and divided. Professions evolve and succeed when their members communicate, collaborate, develop standards, and advocate together through a professional society.

NAATP fills this role.

Strategic Plan

In 2015, the Board installed Marvin Ventrell as the association’s fourth Executive Director and moved NAATP headquarters to Denver. Colorado. The new Director was charged with assessing NAATP’s effectiveness and submitting a plan for the future. Following months of inventory and industry environment research, a plan was approved confirming NAATP’s mission and vison, and defining clear association objectives.

Read NAATP’s Strategic Plan

Staff and Board then went to work to secure NAATP’s foundation and begin delivery of objectives with renewed clarity and energy. By the Spring of 2016, NAATP stood financially and programmatically secure with and active and growing membership, and engaged and influential Board of Directors, and a strong, sophisticated, and effective staff.

Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment works - even if too few get the care and support they need.

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Addiction treatment has evolved since 12-Step methodology began in the 1930’s, building on what works best. Our industry regularly evaluates new methods based on developments in neurobiology and behavioral health, integrating practices within a best practice bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment model.

Addiction Treatment is a Necessary Response to a Serious Healthcare Condition

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Addiction in the U.S. is a serious national social, economic, and public health crisis that is not adequately addressed in public policy or treatment delivery.

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The Importance of Leadership

NAATP’s leadership is essential. The addiction treatment industry faces complex issues, such as insurance utilization, parity enforcement, changing treatment therapies, and ethics and professionalism violations.

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As a membership organization, NAATP represents hundreds of not-for-profit and for-profit addiction treatment providers who offer critical services along the continuum of care, from intervention, transportation, private therapy, outpatient care, hospitalization, residential treatment, and continuing/aftercare.

The core of NAATP continues to be the independent residential addiction treatment center.

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