ASAM Criteria Copyright and Permissions

The ASAM Criteria® is the nation’s most respected, comprehensive, and widely used set of guidelines for matching patients to the right level of care based on the severity of their disease and their multidimensional needs. The common language and universal standards set by The ASAM Criteria establish a framework to help payors and healthcare systems ensure they are offering the full continuum of care to meet patients’ needs.

However, when The ASAM Criteria is not fully implemented or used with fidelity, it can undermine patient care and compromise recovery. ASAM has a responsibility – to providers, payors, regulators, patients and their families – to ensure The ASAM Criteria continues to be equated with high-quality care proven to be effective in addiction treatment.

The following framework will be used to grant permissions for the use of ASAM’s intellectual property with disclaimers that help avoid confusion among patients, families, providers or payors. This process is part of a larger effort by ASAM to support the implementation of The ASAM Criteria standards with fidelity across the addiction treatment system. 

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When Permissions are Required

We will be using permissions agreements to authorize the use of ASAM’s intellectual property with a disclaimer that helps avoid confusion among patients, families, providers, and payors.   

Permission is required for:

Permission is not required to use The ASAM Criteria book in clinical decision making if the user is not publishing or marketing their use.

How to Seek Permission for use of The ASAM Criteria

ASAM uses permission agreements to authorize the use of ASAM’s intellectual property with a disclaimer that helps avoid confusion among patients, families, providers, and payors.   

If you are interested in seeking permission for using The ASAM Criteria, click here to go to our permission request page and fill out the request form that best describes your intended use.

Additional Resources and Webinars

The ASAM Criteria copyright and permissions process includes agreements to enable public entities, providers, states, and other stakeholders to reference their use of The ASAM Criteria. ASAM offers a range of programs designed to support effective implementation of The ASAM Criteria and protect ASAM’s intellectual property from misuse. These programs include an ASAM Level of Care certification program delivered by CARF, a robust training program on The ASAM Criteria, and ongoing enhancements to the ASAM CONTINUUM software – a clinical decision support tool used to assist in treatment planning for individuals with addiction. All of these initiatives have the end goals of protecting patients and preserving the credibility of providers accurately implementing the evidence-based standards found in The ASAM Criteria.

Providers will learn the process for obtaining permission and how this process could affect their use of The ASAM Criteria in their practice.

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State and other large entity administrators will learn the process for obtaining permission for use of The ASAM Criteria for use in larger settings.

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