Q&A - ASAM Level of Care Certification: Re-Engineering Treatment One Step at a Time

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Q&A Session - ASAM Level of Care Certification: Re-Engineering Treatment One Step at a Time

ASAM Level of Care Certification, the first program of its kind to independently assess and verify treatment programs’ ability to deliver services consistent with Levels of Care described in The ASAM Criteria®, launched on June 1st 2020. This session will give a brief overview of the certification and then provide an opportunity for attendees to ask detailed questions relative to the certification process.

More information about ASAM Level of Care Certification can be found here.

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Session Information

Date: Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Time: 2 pm ET / 1 pm CT/ 11 am PT


  • Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM, President, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Michael W. Johnson, MA, CAP, Managing Director of Behavioral Health, CARF International

Learning Objectives

After attending, participants will be able to: 

1. Describe the goals of ASAM Level of Care Certification. 

2. Identify ASAM’s and CARF’s different roles in ASAM Level of Care Certification. 

3. Recognize how ASAM Level of Care Certification works and how it is obtained. 

Paul H. Earley


Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM has worked in Addiction Medicine for 35 years. He treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment, treatment, and management of health care professionals. As a therapist, he works with patients already in recovery, providing long term therapy for those who suffer from this disease. His professional expertise extends to advocacy for professionals before agencies and licensing boards. Dr. Earley is a dynamic speaker and educator; he speaks and trains on topics of addiction, its treatment and addiction among health care professionals. In addition, he trains therapists about the neurobiological basis of psychotherapy. In his travels, he has provided training in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Iceland and Switzerland. He is the author of three books and numerous research articles on addiction and its treatment. His two most recent books, RecoveryMind Training and the RecoveryMind Training Implementation Guide describe an innovative and comprehensive system designed to reengineer addiction treatment. He is a contributing author to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Textbook: Principles of Addiction Medicine, as author of the chapter: Physician Health Programs and Addiction among Physicians and a contributing author to the ASAM Criteria. His work was featured in the documentary series on addiction entitled Close to Home by Bill Moyers. Dr. Earley is the Immediate Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is the Medical Director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program (PHP) for the state of Georgia and the Immediate Past President of the North American Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP). With Earley Consultancy, LLC, he works with treatment facilities, providing training in cohesive care, treatment effectiveness and staff development using RecoveryMind Training.

Relevant Financial Disclosures

  • DynamiCare Health, Inc (Clinical Condition: All addiction variants): Employment, Ownership Interest includes stock, stock options, patent or other intellectual property
  • Earley Consultancy, LLC (Clinical Condition: Addiction Management and Consultation): Employment
  • Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc. (Clinical Condition: substance use disorders): Employment

Michael Johnson


Michael W. Johnson, M.A., C.A.P. Michael is currently the Managing Director for Behavioral Health at CARF International, a role he has held since 2013.  In this role, Michael is responsible for the development of standards in behavioral health to maintain currency with the field, interfacing with regulatory entities and payers, consultation and training, and market development. Michael has more than 38 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare field.  He began his career in in behavioral health as a tech on a psychiatric inpatient unit in 1981, and since that time has worked in a variety of clinical, management, and C-level roles in both mental health and substance abuse agencies.  He has been a leader in the industry, providing expertise to national and state initiatives in quality, ethics, training, accreditation, and EMR adoption.  Michael is passionate about the use of data and technology in our industry, and is a tireless advocate for increasing performance in behavioral health.  He possesses a Master of Arts degree in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications from the University of Central Florida, and is a Certified Addictions Professional.


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