ASAM Implementation: Special Training and Funds Needed

ASAM Implementation: Special Training and Funds Needed

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RCPA received a letter from Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith on November 22. The purpose of the letter was to provide an update on the Commonwealth’s transition to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria placement guidelines. DDAP is progressing with this transition and remains on track for full implementation as of July 1, 2018. Since the announcement of this training, DDAP was made aware of recently published ASAM copyright restrictions which make the creation of a Pennsylvania-specific ASAM training cost-prohibitive; therefore, DDAP will not be designing and providing this training. All ASAM Criteria training will be conducted by ASAM’s official training partner, the Change Companies™.

Individuals working in the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and case management field, whose primary, day-to-day work function involves assessment and level of care placement, and who have not previously had ASAM Criteria 3rd Edition training, must have the two-day, in-person training.

Despite potential price reductions based on regional scheduling as described in the ASAM FAQ, DDAP is asking providers to contact their SCAs, BH-MCOs, and HealthChoices contract administrators immediately, to discuss options related to timeline of training delivery, scheduling, and cost. The letter from Acting Secretary Smith and the FAQs provide further detail.

Ms. Smith will be attending the RCPA Drug and Alcohol Committee meeting on December 5 at 12:30 to discuss this issue, among numerous others, with RCPA members. All members providing substance use disorder treatment are encouraged to attend.

RCPA will be doing further research to ascertain ways that the association may be of assistance to members.

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