Effective January 1, 2020, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will expand its approved curriculum to include online training through The Change Companies’ ASAM Criteria 2013 Edition E-learning modules. This newly approved training will be in addition to the already approved two-day in-person training on The ASAM Criteria, 2013. At that time, both training options will satisfy DDAP’s training requirement.
Important notes regarding these changes:
You can learn more about the approved curriculum here.
This guidance is in addition to previously issued direction on application of the ASAM Criteria. Please direct any questions to this email or contact Lynn Cooper, RCPA Drug & Alcohol Division Director.
As you know, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is working hard to implement the new American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria. Below is a brief summary of some of the plans for implementation and DDAP’s efforts to assist providers.
From the recent RCPA D&A member survey, it was clear that extending the deadline and getting reimbursed for the costs/downtime were most important to members. RCPA will inform members if things are working as planned or not working. Please keep us posted on what is happening locally. Contact RCPA Drug & Alcohol Division Director Lynn Cooper with any questions.
RCPA staff, and several members of the RCPA American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) implementation task force, met with Secretary Jen Smith and numerous DDAP staff to discuss concerns regarding the ASAM implementation. RCPA members are working hard to get appropriate staff trained in the new screening and assessment process.
DDAP is posting periodic FAQs to their website. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Lynn Cooper.
From ASAM Weekly
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on November 17 that nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can begin taking the 24 hours of required training to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder. NPs and PAs who complete the required training and seek to prescribe buprenorphine for up to 30 patients will be able to apply to do so beginning in early 2017. HHS is also announcing its intent to initiate rulemaking to allow NPs and PAs who have prescribed at the 30-patient limit for one year to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for up to 100 patients. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is working quickly with training providers to help them adapt curricula and obtain continuing education credits for this training. Updates on training information and the waiver application will be available on the SAMHSA and American Society of Addiction Medicine websites.