Marvin Ventrell became Executive Director of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) in 2015, continuing his 30-year career as a lawyer, association director, teacher, and addiction treatment executive. NAATP, founded in 1978, is a professional membership association of addiction treatment providers whose mission is to provide leadership, advocacy, training, and member support services to ensure the availability and highest quality of addiction treatment. As NAATP Director, Mr. Ventrell is responsible for all association administration and program. He serves on numerous boards and committees and is the NAATP Representative to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is a proud and vocal member of the addiction recovery community.
Mr. Ventrell’s career has been devoted to advocating for populations in need and building legal and health care system responses to meet those needs. He has authored two textbooks on law and social justice, numerous book chapters and professional articles on law, medicine, social services, behavioral health, and addiction treatment and recovery. He lectures at medical schools, law schools, and agencies in the U.S. and abroad and served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has received numerous distinctions including an American Bar Association National Advocacy Award, the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges Meritorious Service to the Children of America Award, and the University of Colorado School of Medicine Award for Career Contributions to the Worldwide Welfare of Children. Later this year he will receive the Innovations in Addiction Treatment Award presented by Ashley Treatment Centers.