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February 1, 2011
by Roberta Taggart, NCAC II, Elections & Nominations Chair
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NAADAC Members Can Step Forward and Be Counted
Roberta Taggart, NCAC II, Elections & Nominations Chair
Roberta Taggart, NCAC II, Elections & Nominations Chair

Every two years, members of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, have the opportunity to select the officers who will determine the direction of the association. In April of 2011, NAADAC members will be voting on four Regional Vice Presidents. All positions are for two-year terms.

The positions open for election are Regional Vice Presidents for the following regions:

  • North Central (Represents Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota & South Dakota)

  • Mid-Central (Represents Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio & Wisconsin)

  • Southeast (Represents Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina & Tennessee)

  • Southwest (Represents Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada & Utah)

Regional Vice Presidents provide regional identity and facilitate communication between states and NAADAC.

Candidates must:

  1. Be a current member in good standing of NAADAC.

  2. Live in the region represented.

  3. Have two years of experience on either the NAADAC Board or a NAADAC Affiliate (State/Chapter/International Association) Board.

  4. Have been actively engaged in the profession of addiction for the past two years.

There is also an election for Organizational Member Representative to the NAADAC Board of Directors. This position is elected directly by NAADAC Organizational Members.

Nominees for the position of Regional Vice President must represent a state wherein an Affiliated State Association is in place and may only be nominated for a region in which they reside. Candidates can serve two consecutive terms.

For more information on NAADAC's elections, to find job descriptions for the NAADAC executive positions or to download a nomination form, please visit For more specific information, please call 800.548.0497, ext. 125 or e-mail Please put “NAADAC Elections” in the subject line.

Only members in good standing who have been actively engaged in work in addiction counseling or as an addiction professional for at least two years immediately prior to nomination shall be eligible for an elective office with NAADAC.

Campaigning Guidelines

Information on candidates will appear in the April issue of the NAADAC News and the NAADAC website, There should be no other campaign activities by the candidates. Any written materials, except materials produced and distributed by NAADAC, are prohibited. This includes self initiated articles for publication in state or local or professional publications or editorial comments submitted in any of those publications as well. All ballots are sent directly to an independent auditor.

The auditor counts ballots and notifies a NAADAC designated staff person and the Chair of the Nomination and Elections Committee about who has received the most votes for each office. The Chair of the Nomination and Elections Committee must notify all candidates of the results by the deadline below. Election ballots are destroyed 30 days after all candidates are notified of the election results. Any candidate challenging the results of an election must notify the Chair of the NAADAC Nominations and Elections Committee within 30 days of the balloting.

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the NAADAC election process and have your voice heard as a national leader. NAADAC's members are key to the promotion and improvement of the addiction profession.

Nomination Timeline

  1. Candidates seeking office must complete an official nomination form and submit it to the NAADAC Nominations and Elections Committee on or before February 18, 2011. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that his or her nomination has been received.

  2. Candidates will be notified by the Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee of the acceptance or rejection of their application.

  3. A slate of candidates who meet the specific qualifications of the office they are seeking will be featured in the April 2011 issue of the NAADAC News.

The Committee seeks nominations from the membership. All nominations must be submitted no later than February 18, 2011.

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