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ASAM Policy Principles

ASAM believes in a future in which addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery are accessible to all, and where they profoundly improve the health of all people. The following principles guide our advocacy and shape ASAM's advocacy priorities:
  • Addiction policy should be guided by - and promote the use of - the latest science and best practices in addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery.  People with addiction deserve compassionate, evidence-based care that addresses the chronic nature of the disease of addiction.
  • Strategic and multifaceted policy solutions are needed to drive the development of a more accessible, effective, robust, and comprehensive addiction prevention and treatment infrastructure.
  • Policies and payment systems should ensure equitable access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
  • Policy should challenge, rather than enforce, cultural misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination about the disease of addiction.
  • Addiction policy and advocacy should respect and integrate the perspectives of people with addiction and their families.

COSAM Urges Governor Polis to Sign Legislation Requiring Usage of the ASAM Criteria by Insurers

by | Jun 23, 2020


On June 23, the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine (COSAM) sent a letter to Colorado Governor Jared Polis urging him to sign SB20-007, which would require that insurers provide coverage for the treatment of substance use disorder in accordance with The ASAM Criteria or other nationally recognized guidelines for placement, medical necessity, and utilization management determinations, among other provisions.


The letter stressed the evidence-based nature of The ASAM Criteria, noting that it is the most widely used and comprehensive set of evidence-based guidelines for placement, continued stay, and transfer or discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. Furthermore, the letter emphasized that when insurers use their own criteria, they can sometimes fail to cover appropriate treatment. Therefore, it is imperative that Governor Polis sign SB20-007 to ensure that insurers appropriately cover addiction treatment.


Read the letter here


Read the bill here.