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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Senate Unanimously Confirms Michael Botticelli as Director of ONDCP

February 12, 2015 | Justice | Comments
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This week the Senate unanimously confirmed Michael Botticelli as the next Director of the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in a 92-0 vote. Botticelli, who had been Acting Director of ONDCP, brings more than two decades of experience and leadership supporting people struggling with substance abuse problems, their families and their communities.

Mr. Botticelli has worked tirelessly throughout his entire career, asserting the notion that people can and do recover from addictions, going on to lead successful lives. As Director of ONDCP, Mr. Botticelli will coordinate public health efforts across the federal government to reduce illicit drug use and its consequences, including the rollout of the National Drug Control Strategy.

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 congratulates Mr. Botticelli on this high honor and looks forward to continuing our work with him and his office in the future.