The ASAM Criteria Education

What is The ASAM Criteria?

The ASAM Criteria is the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay, transfer, or discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. Formerly known as the ASAM patient placement criteria, The ASAM 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. 

Required in over 30 states, The ASAM Criteria is an indispensable resource that addiction medicine professionals rely on to provide a nomenclature for describing the continuum of addiction services. Adolescent and adult treatment plans are developed through a multidimensional patient assessment over five broad levels of treatment that are based on the degree of direct medical management provided, the structure, safety and security provided and the intensity of treatment services provided.

The ASAM Criteria Course

Learn to make objective decisions about patient admission, continuing care, and transfer/discharge for your patients.

Levels of Care Certification

Certify your treatment program’s ability to deliver a specific level of care.


Improve the quality of patient assessments with ASAM CONTINUUM, the only clinical decision support system for conducting an ASAM assessment.


This online course is designed to help managed care payers develop a holistic understanding of The ASAM Criteria and their role in constructing a full range of services for patients with addiction.