What is ASAM Level of Care Certification?

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Session Overview

This session provides an overview of ASAM Level of Care certification and the pilot process that was used to ensure its validity. ASAM Level of Care certification, delivered in partnership with CARF International, is the first program of its kind to independently assess and verify treatment programs’ ability to deliver services consistent with the levels of care described in The ASAM Criteria. It will initially cover adult residential programs at Levels 3.1, 3.5, and 3.7 of The ASAM Criteria. The certification demonstrates a program’s capacity to deliver a specific level of care, thereby differentiating between the many levels of care available for addiction treatment.

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 W. Johnson


Michael joined CARF as managing director of the Behavioral Health accreditation area in 2013. A certified addictions professional, Michael has more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, manager, and executive working in mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual disabilities. He was a CARF surveyor for 16 years and holds a master's degree in communications from the University of Central Florida.


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