ASAM Criteria

From building foundational concepts to testing your knowledge, the ASAM Criteria educational offerings have been utilized and required in at least 30 different states.

About These Courses

The ASAM Criteria is the most widely used and extensive set of guidelines for initial placement, continued stay, and transfer or discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. The ASAM Criteria is the result of a collaboration that began in the 1980s to define one national set of criteria for providing outcome-oriented and evidenced-based care in the treatment of addiction.

Required in over 30 states, The ASAM Criteria is an essential resource that addiction medicine professionals rely on for training and consulting by describing the continuum of addiction services. Adolescent and adult treatment plans are developed through a multidimensional patient assessment over five broad levels of care. The levels of care are based on the degree of established measurement criteria, the structure, safety and security provided and the intensity of treatment services provided.

Where to Start
  • ASAM Criteria Foundations Course: New to the ASAM Criteria? Your journey begins with this comprehensive and competency-based 8-hour course (offered live virtually and on-demand).
  • ASAM Criteria Skill-Building Course: Looking to practice skills and further your knowledge after taking the Foundations course? Next step on your journey is this 8-hour course.
  • ASAM Criteria 2-Day Course: This 16-hour, two-day course is a combination of the ASAM Criteria Foundations Course and the ASAM Criteria Skill-Building Course. Courses are offered together on a quarterly basis.
  • ASAM Criteria Payer Course: This 8-hour on-demand course helps managed care payers develop a holistic understanding of The ASAM Criteria as it applies to their unique role.
  • Levels of Care Certification: Certify your treatment program’s ability to deliver a specific level of care.
  • Resources: Explore webinars, session recordings, provider tools and more.

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