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08/07/2012- ATIN- In a step that will help Naatp move decisively past its recent troubles, the industry association focused on private addiction treatment, drug and alcohol rehab centers has named a respected Hanley executive to lead the group into a new era. Mike Walsh, formerly business development chief at South Florida's Hanley Center, will take over from interim Naatp CEO Dennis Gilhousen, who stepped in at a difficult time when it was discovered a couple years ago that Ron Hunsicker had stolen a staggering half million dollars over the many years - 1997 thru 2010 - he was the association's top executive. "It's definitely a big gain for Naatp, but we are kind of ruing the loss of a top guy," Caron CEO Doug Tieman told Treatment Magazine, referring to Naatp's Walsh hire. Caron recently acquired the Hanley Center and is pouring management and financial resources into the formerly struggling treatment property. Andrew Rothermel, the Caron executive who is overseeing the Hanley integration, has been bolstering the clinical and management team at the Palm Beach center, and the loss of Walsh will mean one more key hire for Rothermel. Walsh is expected to take up his duties at Lancaster, PA-based Naatp within the next week or so. Hunsicker took over at Naatp in the Former Naatp President Ron Hunsicker in his heyday addressing the Atlanta SECAD conference in 2005 mid-1990s as the addiction treatment industry was in the throes of the deep managed care induced depression that decimated the industry - half of all residential assets shut down - and Naatp, deprived of membership dues, was on death's door. Working out of his basement in Lancaster, Hunsicker began the fraud, which was made possible by too informal bookkeeping arrangements, but he also worked diligently to revive Naatp. As the industry recovered, and entrepreneurs came up with innovative new managed care resistant approaches like the "Florida Model" as well as increasing reliance on private pay and other things, growth returned. At Hunsicker's heyday, around 2005, he was celebrated as the reviver of Naatp, with the annual conference booming and a membership approaching 400 centers nationwide. But despite the success, there was significant grumbling among the membership, many of whom complained that Naatp was an organization that was "paid for by the many for the benefit of the few." Hunsicker was seen by some as being too chummy with old line addictions non profit centers like Hazelden and Betty Ford, whose representatives dominated the board, and prejudiced against newer entrants, especially the aggressive new for profits rising out of the ashes post managed care in places like Florida and Arizona. At one point the editor and publisher of Treatment Magazine, Ted Jackson, was approached, very informally, about the possibility of Mr. Jackson heading up a new national association focused on the addiction industry's for profit players, whose needs many perceived were being ignored by Hunsicker and Naatp. While nothing came of the discussions for a for-profit association, many addictions CEOs, especially the for profits, are hoping that a new, more member responsive era is dawning for Naatp.        




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