Michael Walsh holds a Master’s Degree in Substance abuse counseling and is a Masters Level Certified Addiction Professional and Certified Intervention Professional with extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of the treatment industry from pre-admission/Intervention through the admissions process, case management, client clinical services and continuing care coordination. He has also worked extensively in the area of post discharge monitoring for licensed professionals and others.
Michael began career working for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services helping “at risk youth” transition to and from behavioral health programs. Working as an Insurance Broker for a few years afforded him the opportunity to understand the complex relationship between clients, facilities and payors. In 2000 Michael began working for the Hazelden Foundation and since that time has worked in various capacities for and with most of the premier facilities in the addiction treatment industry. As an employee, consultant, independent contractor and referent he has been actively involved in the addiction treatment field for over two decades.
Michael is the former President/CEO of The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). He has served as a liaison to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, IC and RC and many other industry organizations and Boards. He is a current C4 Recovery Solutions Board Member and serves as on the board of the Florida Alliance for Recovery (FARR). He has presented at many national and international conferences, Colleges/Universities, High Schools and community functions as both a Treatment Professional and as a person in long term recovery. Michael also wrote a column called "Industry Insider" in Counselor Magazine.
Having benefited from receiving quality treatment and having visited hundreds of programs, and participating in efforts to advance the cause of ethical and quality treatment programs while advocating against the major obstacles to “best practices” in all areas of the field; Michael is well positioned to lead this effort with Price Waterhouse and Coopers to audit Providers and continue to “raise the bar” in regards to quality ethical addiction treatment.