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  • Continuing Care Plan Adherence Following Residential Addiction Treatment

    Common sense suggests that greater patient adherence to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment recommendations is associated with better outcomes. Surprisingly, however, there is limited previous research systematically investigating the adherence-outcome relationship in the context of SUD treatment.


Michael  Walsh

Michael Walsh, MS, CAP, BRI-I, is currently the executive director and COO at HARP Treatment Center. He is the former president/CEO of The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). He holds a master's degree in substance abuse counseling, is a certified intervention professional and a certified addiction professional with extensive knowledge, experience, and understanding of the treatment industry from preadmission through intervention, admissions process, case management, referent relations, client services, and aftercare coordination for patients.


He has served as a liaison to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, IC&RC, and many other industry organizations and boards. He is a current board member of both C4 and Floridians for Recovery. He has presented at many national and international conferences including the Cape Cod Symposium, Florida Lawyers Assistance, Southeastern Conference on Addictive Disorders, NCAD, West Coast Symposium, All-Party Parliamentary Drug Misuse Group, UKESAD, and Axis. He has worked in various capacities for and with most of the premier facilities in the addiction treatment industry as an employee, consultant, and independent contractor. He has a deep understanding of the issues relating to performance measurement and payment reform and he has been actively involved in the addiction treatment field for over two decades.