Standards and Rating Elements for Certification of ASAM Level of Care 3.1

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Standards and Rating Elements for Certification of ASAM Level of Care 3.1

This module begins by explaining the service characteristics and admission criteria for ASAM Level of Care 3.1. It then delves into the certification requirements by detailing the ASAM Level of Care standards, as well as the rating elements with which programs will be assessed. These standards and rating elements span all six service characteristic categories found in The ASAM Criteria: Setting, Support Systems, Staff, Assessment/Treatment Planning, Therapies, and Documentation. Viewers will also learn about important considerations in crafting policies and procedures that meet the certification requirements.

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.

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Module Introduction


Level of Care 3.1 Standards and Rating Elements

This module is designed to prepare providers of residential substance use disorder services to apply for the ASAM Level of Care Certification at Level 3.1. We will examine The ASAM Criteria standards for Level 3.1 programs and the rating elements that will be used to measure these standards in the certification process.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of obtaining an ASAM Level of Care Certification.
  • Understand the characteristics of patients in Level 3.1 programs.
  • Understand the service characteristics that define an ASAM Level 3.1 treatment program.
  • Understand how these service characteristics support the delivery of high-quality care in alignment with the principles of 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.


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This program is NOT accredited for CME by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Learners can download a certificate of completion at the end of the activity.

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An Overview of The ASAM Criteria
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Standards and Rating Elements for Certification of ASAM Level of Care 3.1
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Certificate of Completion
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