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ASAM Criteria Copyright and Permissions

ASAM Criteria Copyright and Permissions

How to Seek Permission for Using The ASAM Criteria

Healthcare Providers

Provider permission agreements will be reasonably priced to cover the costs of the permissions program. For more information about the purpose of the permissions program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Healthcare Providers permission request form


States & Other Public Entities

ASAM's  Fair Use guidelines allow states to use The ASAM Criteria in laws, regulations, and policies free of charge and with no permission agreement. Providing education on The ASAM Criteria, including basic introductory training, falls within fair use and does not require a permissions agreement. Providing more in-depth training, including activities that support the development of the knowledge and skills required to implement The ASAM Criteria, does require a permission agreement. This permission agreement is available to states free of charge and allows state employees to provide The ASAM Criteria training or technical assistance.  Click here for more information.

States & Other Public Entities permission request form 



ASAM manages the administration of requests for permission for publishers and authors, with the exception of Wolters Kluwer books.

Publishers permission request form

Payers & Managed Care Entities

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 payers and healthcare systems ensure they are offering the full continuum of care to meet patients’ needs.

ASAM provides licensing agreements to payers and managed care entities for the use of The ASAM Criteria in utilization review.

Through the licensing agreement, ASAM provides access to an electronic version of The ASAM Criteria. The electronic version reflects the original layout and pagination of the hardcopy book  and has additional features including “copy and paste” to allow utilization review staff to use portions of the electronic document when issuing medical necessity decisions or recommending treatment or services ,and search using keywords.

The license granted is limited to the number of end-users and covered lives specified in the licensing agreement.

ASAM has also developed a clinical summary of The ASAM Criteria that managed care companies can license and post on their website to help meet regulatory requirements associated with making medical necessity criteria available to the public. A copy of the summary can also be shared with a third party, including the State, interested in knowing the clinical standards a payer or managed care organization uses while adjudicating claims.

Payers & Managed Care Entities permissions request form


For educational uses outside of the Fair Use guidelines, please complete the educators permissions request form and provide additional information on educational usage. 

Educators permission request form

Training Vendors

ASAM provides licensing agreements to individuals or organizations interested in providing training on The ASAM Criteria

More information

Technology Vendors

ASAM now offers permission agreements to technology vendors that wish to incorporate The ASAM Criteria into their platforms. Permission agreements will allow technology vendors to:

  • Incorporate unmodified content from The ASAM Criteria into their technology (e.g. text, charts, figures, etc.).
  • Develop fill-able forms to help clinicians capture information related to the 6 dimensions or ASAM levels of care (the language in these forms must come directly from The ASAM Criteria text).
  • Incorporate tables from the book and make them fill-able.

Please note permission agreements will not allow:

  • Any decision support based on The ASAM Criteria.

ASAM will review permission requests from technology vendors on a case-by-case basis.

Additional permissions are not required for third-party distributors of the ASAM CONTINUUM software. However, permission would be required to incorporate additional content from  The ASAM Criteria (i.e., content not related to multidimensional assessments).

Technology Vendors permission request form