The ASAM Criteria 8-Hour Online Course

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Welcome to The ASAM Criteria Course


The ASAM Criteria Online Course

Welcome to The ASAM Criteria Interactive Online Course designed to help beginner, intermediate, and advanced counselors, social workers, administrators, and other clinical staff develop patient-centered service plans and make objective decisions about patient admission, continuing care, and transfer/discharge for individuals with addictive, substance-related, and co-occurring conditions.

This interactive hybrid asynchronous course is comprised of reading based, some recorded video-based online delivery, and can be completed at your own pace. The flow of this course uses a mix of didactic materials, case studies, learning activities, and assessments to help you understand the underlying principles of the ASAM Criteria, how to conduct, multidimensional patient assessment, and determine an appropriate level of care. Further, by utilizing real-world scenarios, the course will prepare you to implement the ASAM Criteria effectively within the context of system challenges. This is a beginner level course.

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

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ACGME Competencies

  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Systems Based Practice

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Administrators
  • Other Clinical Staff

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. The course will take approximately 8-10 hours to complete. Date of Creation: 7.24.2019.

All content modules are available under the Contents tab in the course navigation.

Registration Deadline: There is no registration deadline. 

Module Structure

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Overview

This section serves as an introduction to the module.

 
 
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Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for the module are listed here.

 
 
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Module Introduction

The introduction provides an overview of the upcoming content.

 
 
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Module Content

This section contains content and learning materials you need to read or view.

 
 
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Practice/Reflection Exercise

This section contains practice and/or reflection exercises to help you work toward mastery of the concepts.

 
 
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Assessment

Each module contains a short assessment and at the end of the course, you will take a post-test. Learners are required to earn a 75% or above on the post-test and have 5 opportunities to successfully complete the post-test.

Course Introduction


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What is the ASAM Criteria?

ASAM's criteria, formerly known as the ASAM patient placement criteria, is the result of a collaboration that began in the 1980s to define one national set of criteria for providing outcome-oriented and results-based care in the treatment of addiction. Today the criteria have become the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. ASAM's criteria are required in over 30 states. 


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Learning Objectives

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Describe the underlying principles and concepts of the ASAM Criteria.
  • Identify the six dimensions of the ASAM Criteria’s multidimensional patient assessment.
  • Determine treatment priorities based on risk assessment to guide treatment and service planning.
  • Determine an appropriate level of care and treatment priorities based on risk assessment.
  • Implement the ASAM Criteria, in the context of system challenges, for patients with addiction to ensure appropriate level of care and treatment outcomes.

Faculty


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Dr. David Mee-Lee

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David Mee-Lee, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He trains and consults both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mee-Lee has been the Chief Editor of all editions of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, ASAM’s criteria, including The ASAM Criteria – Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions, Third Edition (2013). Dr. Mee-Lee has over 40 years experience in person-centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions. He is co-founder of the Institute for Wellness Education (IWE). 

Dr. Mee-Lee earned his medical degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1972. He earned an M.S. in Psychiatry from Ohio State University in 1976. 

Key Credentials

  • Board-certified psychiatrist 
  • Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) 
  • Chief Editor of The ASAM Criteria.

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Faculty Introduction

Key:

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Module 1 Introduction to the ASAM Criteria
Module 1
Begin self-paced component package.
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Module 2 Multidimensional Assessment
Module 2
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
Module 3 Treatment and Service Planning
Module 3
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
Module 4 Level of Care Placement
Module 4
Begin self-paced component package.
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Module 5 Effective Implementation of the ASAM Criteria
Module 5
Begin self-paced component package.
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Evaluation, Post-Test, and Certificate
Post-test
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/10 points to pass
Post Course Evaluation
18 Questions
Claim Certificate
Up to 8.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 8.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available 8 hours of social work credits available. No partial credit for social workers seeking ACE

How to Claim Credits


To claim continuing education (CE) and/or continuing medical education (CME) credit, follow the steps below.

STEP 1

Complete all the content modules in the course located under "Course Content (5)." Each module contains instructional materials, interactive exercises, and knowledge checks. After completing the five modules, take the end of the course post-test assessment. Learners must achieve a 75% or higher on the post-test and will have 5 opportunities to successfully complete the post-test

STEP 2

Complete the post-course evaluation. Fill out the survey by clicking the blue "Fill out Survey" button. Be sure to scroll down on all Likert Scale questions. There are answers that expand past the size of the survey window. Submit the evaluation (the next box should activate, and the evaluation box should turn green with a white check mark).

STEP 3

Click the button “Claim Credits” in the box titled "Download Course Certificate." Choose the type of credit (Physician or Non-physician) and click submit. Click the button “View/Print Certificate” to save or print your certificate. If you ever lose your certificate, you can come back to the ASAM e-Learning Center and view it on your transcript (found in the Dashboard).

Credits and Disclosures


ACCME Accredited with Commendation

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

The AAFP has reviewed The ASAM Criteria Course and deemed it acceptable for up to 8.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 02/01/2021 to 02/01/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

This activity is approved for 7.5 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 20014104. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

Association of Social Work Boards ACE

The ASAM Criteria 8-Hour Online Course, Course #3402, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by The American Society of Addiction Medicine as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 12/01/2020 - 12/01/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 7 Clinical Practice continuing education credits.

National Board for Certified Counselors ACEP

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7062. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The American Society of Addiction Medicine is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals

This activity has been approved by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #295, ASAM is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators (CAADE)

This educational program is approved by CAADE: #CP40 999 1222

California Association of DUI Treatment Centers (CADTP)

This educational program is approved by CADTP: #205

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)

This educational program is approved by CCAPP: #OS-20-330-1222

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Non-physician participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the activity and an online evaluation confirming their participation. Participants should submit his/her certificate of attendance to their professional organization/institute.

Maintenance of Certification


American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 8 LLSA credits towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.

American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)

This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology TM (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®.

American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn a maximum of 8 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 8 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credits.

American Board of Surgery (ABS)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME and/or Self-Assessment requirements of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

Successful completion of this CME activity can be used to satisfy the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s (ABPN) CME requirement for Maintenance of Certification program.

American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)

Successful completion of this activity can be used to satisfy the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) for Tmoc as credits towards ABAM LLSA Part II requirements.

CME Reviewer and Disclosure Information


ASAM CME Committee Reviewer

Herbert Malinoff, MD, FACP, DFASAM – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

Program Planning Committee, CME Committee, Medical Education Council (MEC), and Faculty Disclosure Information

In accordance with disclosure policies of ASAM and the ACCME, the effort is made to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME activities. These policies include resolving all possible conflicts of interest for the Planning Committees, CME Committee, MEC, and Faculty. All activity Planning Committee members and Faculty have disclosed relevant financial relationship information. The ASAM CME Committee has reviewed these disclosures and determined that the relationships are not inappropriate in the context of their respective presentations and are not inconsistent with the educational goals and integrity of the activity.

Faculty and Planning Committee


Faculty Disclosure Information

David Mee-Lee, MD, FASAM – Does Disclose

  • Change Companies, Royalties, Developing and delivering eTraining modules and Interactive Journals
  • Train for Change, Training fees, Training workshops on ASAM Criteria

David R. Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM – Does Disclose

  • ASAM, Royalty, Chief Architect (Agent) CONTINUUM
  • Alkermes, Stockholder,
  • Intent Solutions, Stock, Consultant
  • DynamiCare Health BiorCorRx, FEi Systems, Stock/Salary, Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder
  • Horizon BCBS, IBM Watson, fee, Consultant

Planning Committee Disclosure Information

Corey Waller, MD, MS, DFASAM, FACEP, (Chair) – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

David Mee-Lee, MD, FASAM – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

David R. Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

Lewis Breitner, PhD, LADC, LMFT – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

Amy Davis, DO, MS, FACP, FAAHPM – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

Jennifer Harrison, PhD, LMSW, CAADC – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

Melissa Holland, MA, MD, FACOG, CAADC – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

Christine Mulford, RN, MSN, FNP-BC – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

Surita Rao, MBBS, FASAM – Does Disclose

  • John Snow, Inc., Speaker/Honoraria (includes speakers bureau, symposia, and expert witness)

J. Paul Seale, MD, FASAM – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

Gerald D. Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA – No Relevant Financial Disclosures 

Refunds, Cancellations and ADA Accommodations

All  refund requests and cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to ASAM's Education Department: education@asam.org

If you require ADA Accommodations, please contact ASAM's Education Department.

Fees


Non-Member: $199.00

ASAM Member, Retired, Early Career Physician: $149.00

ASAM Resident, Student, Associate Members: $99.00