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The short answer is that NAADAC is not obligated under the law to provide you a copy of this letter (unless it was part of a discovery request in litigation).
The Ohio Chemical Dependency Board is a State government licensing authority. As a government agency it must abide by certain laws pertaining to access to government records and privacy act laws.)
Unlike the Board, NAADAC is a private (not government) organization. It gets to set its own rules and procedures in regard to the certification process. So in that regard as a private organization they are NOT subject to the types of open records laws (such as FOIA or the Privacy Act) that a government agency would be subject to. This means that the law does not obligate them to provide you a copy of the recommendation letter. It is possible that the person who sent the letter requested that you NOT be given a copy and that NAADAC is respecting that request. (Why someone would make such a request is beyond me, but as an addiction professional you already know or will come to learn that individual motivations are often baffling.)
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