American Society of Addiciton Medicine

4th Edition Development

ASAM Criteria

4th Edition Development

ASAM will be seeking input from diverse stakeholders throughout the process to ensure the updates are responsive to the needs of addiction treatment systems across the country.

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ASAM 4th Edition Development

ASAM is currently working to develop the 4th Edition of The ASAM Criteria®  using a rigorous methodology for evidence review and formal consensus development under the guidance of a new editorial subcommittee led by R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM.

Major Changes Proposed to The ASAM Criteria 4th Edition

In March 2021, ASAM released a survey seeking comments on what is working well in the implementation of The ASAM Criteria, what barriers or challenges exist, and what can be improved in the next edition. The editors carefully analyzed this feedback, which, along with their knowledge of evolving systems of care, research advances, and clinical experiences with The ASAM Criteria, informed the framework of major changes proposed here. These proposed changes were released for public comment from December 2021 to February 2022. The feedback received will be considered in establishing the updated framework. 

*Identifying questions have been removed from the feedback responses shared here in an effort for anonymity.

Stay Engaged in the Process

The ASAM Criteria are implemented in different ways in systems across the country. Since the release of the 3rd Edition in 2013, there has been widespread adoption of The ASAM Criteria by treatment programs as well as payers and managed care organizations, and states across the country are using these standards as the foundation of efforts to improve their addiction treatment systems. No one person has insight into all these implementations, thus input from diverse stakeholders is needed to inform final decisions.

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ASAM Criteria 4th Edition Editorial Subcommittee

Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM (Editor-in-Chief)
Steven Daviss, MD, DFAPA, FASAM
Ayman M. Fareed, MD, DFAPA
Sandra Gomez-Luna, MD, FASAM
Edward James, III, MSW, ACSW, LMSW, MPM, DSW
Kimberly Johnson, PhD
Navdeep Kang, PsyD, HSP
Whitney Menarcheck, LPC
Wendy Welch, MD, MBA, FASAM