An Overview of the ASAM Level of Care Certification

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An Overview of the ASAM Level of Care Certification

This module begins with a brief description of The ASAM Criteria and describes the vision for certification in re-engineering addiction treatment. Viewers will learn about the difference between certification and accreditation, how ASAM and CARF are working together to deliver this certification, the components of care that certification addresses, and the benefits to providers and patients. Finally, viewers will learn about the certification process, from application to survey, and the resources available to treatment programs along the way.

This module is fully online and can be completed at your own pace. The flow of this online module uses a mix of didactic materials, learning activities, and assessments to help you understand the certification process.

Begin the module by reviewing the Getting Started page that contains information about the structure and sequence of the module. From there, you can review the module introduction, faculty information, content modules, and different sections of the module to get acquainted with module navigation.

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Getting Started

Structure of the Course

It's important to familiarize yourself with the overall structure and elements of the environment in which you will be learning. This online course is fully online and self-paced. The course content, learning activities, and assessments in the course should be completed asynchronously—you will log into the course site and complete them at your own pace.

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Learning Objectives

This section provides learning objectives for the module.


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Application Exercise (Optional)

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Knowledge Check

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Module Introduction


Introducing the ASAM Level of Care Certification

This module will provide an overview of the ASAM Level of Care Certification. We will discuss the importance of certification, what it entails, and how it differs from accreditation. We will also examine what certification means for patients, providers, payors, and regulators.


Learning Objective

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Examine the significance of the ASAM Level of Care Certification in establishing treatment programs’ ability to deliver services with fidelity to evidence-based standards in The ASAM Criteria.



Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM


Dr. Earley has been an addiction medicine physician for 30 years. He treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment and treatment 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 Fellow of ASAM and has been on the board of ASAM for over 14 years in several capacities and is currently a director-at-large. He has been the Medical Director of two nationally acclaimed addiction programs specializing in the care of addicted health care professionals. Currently, Dr. Earley is the Medical Director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program (PHP) for the state of Georgia in the U.S. With Earley Consultancy, LLC, he works with numerous treatment facilities, providing training in cohesive care, treatment effectiveness and staff development.


Faculty Introduction


An Overview of the ASAM Level of Care Certification
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17 Questions
17 Questions This survey contains 17 questions.
Certificate of Completion
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