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Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity & Belonging Resources

Updated regularly, this newly created resource page curated by NAATP is to guide and educate our members and the industry at large about best practices in Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Belonging.

Review and Comment on Marse: A Psychological Portrait of the Southern Slave Master and His Legacy of White Supremacy

Marvin Ventrell, CEO of NAATP, was asked to review the 2022 book, Marse: A Psychological Portrait of the Southern Slave Master and His Legacy of White Supremacy. His review elicited powerful comments from Dovie Coleman, Counselor at Cumberland Heights Foundation. Ms. Coleman is an active member of the NAATP DEI Advisory Committee.

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NAATP Expands Affiliate Membership to Include DEIB Consultants and Trainers

A recently released blog post describes the expansion of NAATP Affiliate Membership to include DEIB Consultation & Training, and video interviews of 7 new members in this category provide compelling narratives about the importance of this work.

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Stages of Change Model and Organizational Assessment Tool

The Stages of Change Model for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion  & Belonging (DEIB) Best Practices in Addiction Treatment Tool was created in consultation with the NAATP DEIB Advisory Committee to help providers – both those just starting this work and those who are well on their way – to identify areas for growth, develop specific action steps, and gauge their progress. Just as treatment providers apply the Stages of Change Model in their work with patients, this model can help leaders chart a path to Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity & Belonging (DEIB) best practices.

NAATP has developed a webinar as well as a blog to introduce this Tool and discuss its goals and utilization. NAATP is also providing a survey portal for individual leaders to submit their ratings on the tool confidentially.  For each organization, responses will be tallied, summarized, and communicated to an identified contact person. Individual responses will be kept confidential, and organization-level summary results will not be shared outside of the organization. 


NAATP DEIB Advisory Committee

In August 2020, the first meeting of NAATP’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Belonging was held to discuss the impact of systemic racism and other forms of discrimination on addiction treatment and recovery.  Thirteen behavioral health leaders, researchers, and clinicians from organizations across the country participated. The group was asked, “If you could implement one change right away to improve our field with respect to increasing treatment access and improving outcomes, what would it be?” The responses to that question identified three themes:

  1. Lack of diversity within the workforce and leadership in addiction treatment
  2. ​Lack of equity in access to care for People of Color and individuals from other historically marginalized communities
  3. Lack of inclusivity and cultural competency in patient care and workplace environments

The group members identified potential efforts that are currently underway to address each of these areas, including:

  • Videos, blogs, and podcasts featuring People of Color discussing their experience and commitment to working in the treatment field
  • A training series on addiction healthcare inequity and promoting inclusivity in business and clinical practices
  • Mentorship for People of Color who are interested in entering or advancing careers in behavioral health

The DEIB Advisory Committee has expanded to over 30 members. The group meets regularly to establish measurable goals for each of the above areas.


NAATP Action Plan 

In response to the historic and current systemic racism and discrimination that profoundly impact the addiction treatment field, NAATP staff and Board members make the following commitments to action.


NAATP desires to be a voice for justice and change in our industry. To do this in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging, we recognize a need for a process of self-exploration and education of our staff and Board.  We are in consultation with experts who have longstanding commitment and contribution to anti-racism efforts.  The first step in this plan is self-examination, in which we plan to honestly evaluate our goals as an organization, and the needs within our industry to improve access and outcomes for People of Color and others who have not been well served.

NAATP will re-evaluate our advocacy goals and strategic plan to ensure they consider equity, inclusivity, and belonging for people who have been historically marginalized.

​Elevating Voices of People of Color

NAATP will recruit People of Color as Board members and will provide members with webinar content and links to resources for further training on racial diversity, anti-racism, and inclusivity.  

Raising Awareness and Transforming the Field

NAATP will implement anti-racism training for our staff and Board members and consider how to incorporate this topic into the NAATP National Conference and other NAATP efforts.

If you have suggestions for NAATP in any of these areas, please email

Call to Action

We are collecting and re-posting training, policy, action plans, research, and other pertinent information as a guide for the treatment community at large about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity practices. If your organization has information to share with the membership, please send it to We will be updating this resource page periodically.