President Taps Michael Botticelli to Lead ONDCP
Last week, President Obama nominated Michael Botticelli for the post of Director of the Office of National Drug Policy (ONDCP). The National Council has voiced strong support for his nomination, and we applaud President Obama’s decision to nominate Mr. Botticelli for this important post.
ONDCP coordinates public health efforts across the federal government to reduce illicit drug use and its consequences, including developing the National Drug Control Strategy. The current Acting Director, Mr. Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans who have been affected by substance use disorders. In May, Mr. Botticelli attended the 2014 National Council Conference where he discussed 21st century behavioral health treatment and delivery.
Prior to joining ONDCP, Mr. Botticelli served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These programs included the establishment of a treatment system for adolescents, early intervention and treatment programs in primary healthcare settings, jail diversion programs, re-entry services for those leaving state and county correctional facilities, and overdose prevention programs.
The National Council looks forward to continuing to work with Mr. Botticelli throughout the confirmation process and in his new role as ONDCP Director.