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 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.

The ASAM Criteria Online Course is an 8-Hour reading based online, recorded video-based online and hybrid training and can be completed at your own pace. The flow of this online 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.

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

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.

This course was developed in January 2020 and launched September 2020.

All content modules are available under the Course Content tab in the course navigation. Please be sure to visit the System requirements for taking the course

Assessment

Each module contains a short knowledge check assessment and at the end of the course, you will take a post-test. You must obtain an 80% or higher to pass the posttest and you have multiple times to retake the posttest.


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.

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

Module Structure

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Overview

This section serves as an introduction to the module.

 
 
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Learning Objectives

This section provides learning objectives for the module.

 
 
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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.

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:

Complete
Failed
Available
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Module 1 Introduction to the ASAM Criteria
Module 1
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
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.
Begin self-paced component package.
Module 5 Effective Implementation of the ASAM Criteria
Module 5
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
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

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 assessment.

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 Accreditation Statement:

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

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

In accordance with the disclosure policies of ASAM and the ACCME, the effort is made to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. These policies include resolving all conflicts of interest between the CME Committee, Planning Committee and faculty, and commercial interests that might otherwise compromise the goal and educational integrity of this activity. All CME Committee, Planning Committee and faculty participating in the activity have disclosed all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. The CME Committee has reviewed these disclosures and determined that the planning committee and faculty relationships are not inappropriate in the content of their respective presentations and are not inconsistent with the educational goals and integrity of the activity. 

ASWB Accreditation Statement:

[Course name], [course number], is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by [provider name] 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: [dates]. Social workers completing this course receive [number] [type] continuing education credits.

NAADAC: 

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. 

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP):


This Enduring Material activity, The ASAM Criteria Course, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 8.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.

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.

California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators (CAADE)


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

California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP)


This educational program is approved by CADTP, Provider #205

ASAM CME Committee

Name Commercial Interest Compensation Role
Catherine R. Friedman, MD, DFASAM None NA NA
Noel Ilogu, MD, MRCP, FASAM None NA NA
Herbert Malinoff, MD, FACP, DFASAM None NA NA
Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, DFASAM None NA NA
R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM None NA NA
Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM None NA NA
Zwaantje Hamming, FNP-C, CARN-AP None NA NA

Program Planning Committee

Name Commercial Interest Compensation Role
Corey Waller, MD, MS, DFASAM, FACEP, Chair None NA NA
David Mee-Lee, MD, FASAM None NA NA
David R. Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM
None NA NA
Lewis Breitner, PhD, LADC, LMFT
None NA NA
Amy Davis, DO, MS, FACP, FAAHPM
None NA NA
Jennifer Harrison, PhD, LMSW, CAADC
None NA NA
Melissa Holland, MA, MD, FACOG, CAADC
None NA NA
Christine Mulford, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
None NA NA
Surita Rao, MBBS, FASAM
None NA NA
Gerald D. Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA
None NA NA

ASAM Criteria Education Committee Consultants

Name Commercial Interest Compensation Role
David Mee-Lee, MD, FASAM 1. Change Companies
2. Train for Change
1. Royalties
2. Training fees
1. Developing and delivering eTraining modules and Interactive Journals on ASAM Criteria
2. Training workshops on ASAM Criteria
David R. Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM 1. ASAM
2. Alkermes
3. Intent Solutions
4. DynamiCare Health BiorCorRx, FEi Systems, Horizon BCBS, IBM Watson
1. Royalty
2. Stockholder
3. Stock
4. Stock, salary
5. Fee
1. Chief Architect (Agent) CONTINUUM
2. Stockholder
3. Consultant
4. Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder
5. Consultant

Faculty

Name Commercial Interest Compensation Role
David Mee-Lee, MD, FASAM 1. Change Companies
2. Train for Change
1. Royalties
2. Training fees
1. Developing and delivering eTraining modules and Interactive Journals on ASAM Criteria
2. Training workshops on ASAM Criteria

ASAM CME Committee Reviewers

Name Commercial Interest Compensation Role
Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, CMRO, DFASAM None NA NA
Herbert Malinoff, MD, FACP, DFASAM None NA NA

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


ASAM Member, Retired, Early Career Physician: $149.00

ASAM Member, Retired, Early Career Physician: $149.00

ASAM Resident, Student, Associate Members: $99.00