American Society of Addiciton Medicine

The ASAM Criteria

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The ASAM Criteria

The ASAM Criteria is the nation’s most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay, and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions.

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ASAM Criteria 4th Edition Open Comment & Seeking Experts

ASAM is currently working on the development of the 4th Edition and is seeking stakeholder feedback to understand any unintended consequences of these changes. The public comment period is open until February 14, 2022. ASAM is also seeking experts in specific topic areas to serve on writing committees for the 4th Edition. ASAM members and non-members are encouraged to apply, as are all members of the addiction medicine care team. Applications are being accepted until February 6, 2022.

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Administrators, Payers & Policymakers

  • States across the country are using The ASAM Criteria as the foundation of efforts to improve the addiction treatment system. Find out more about state implementation

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