Level OF Care Certification

ASAM Levels of Care

The ASAM Level of Care Certification addresses the addiction health crisis by establishing processes for validation of treatment program capabilities, building industry transparency, and increasing patient confidence in treatment services. The certification provides an independent assessment of a treatment program’s ability to deliver services consistent with The ASAM Criteria®.

Increasing patient access to evidence-based addiction treatment is critical to overcoming the devastating and deadly challenges of addiction. This certification gives patients, loved ones, payors, and regulators the knowledge that a given treatment program is capable of administering evidence-based addiction treatment that is appropriately matched to a patient’s individual needs.  

 

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Certification Preparation Resources

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The ASAM Level of Care Certification Manual describes the level of care standards derived from The ASAM Criteria, the rating elements that will be assessed during the certification survey, and the policies, procedures, and systems a program should have in place to meet the standards. View

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The ASAM Level of Care Certification Preparation Workbook outlines the rating elements that will be assessed by certification surveyors and provides a template for programs to conduct self-assessments to identify strengths and areas for improvement. View

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ASAM Level of Care Certification Training Modules are designed to guide attendees through the standards and rating elements, and describe the path to achieving certification in their organizations, with guidance on avoiding common pitfalls. View

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The ASAM Criteria textbook is the authoritative source of standards for multidimensional assessment, patient placement, and level of care service characteristics in addiction treatment. Purchase the textbook

ASAM Level of Care Certification demonstrates a program’s capacity to deliver a specific Level of Care, thereby differentiating between the many Levels of Care available for addiction treatment. ASAM Level of Care certification will initially cover adult residential programs at Levels 3.1, 3.5, and 3.7 of The ASAM Criteria. Certification covering adolescent programs, co-occurring enhanced programs, and programs at other Levels of Care may be developed in the future.

Providers of residential substance use disorder services may submit applications directly to CARF seeking certification for Level 3.1, 3.5 and/or 3.7. CARF will conduct onsite surveys to evaluate the providers’ satisfaction of rating elements applicable to the applied-for Level(s) of Care and issue an independent certification decision. This independence ensures there will be no conflict of interest when treatment programs operated by ASAM members apply for certification.

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To be issued certification, programs must demonstrate during survey the presence of rating elements sufficient to satisfy the proprietary scoring methodology, including but not limited to the presence of all “defining elements” – those certain rating elements that are crucial to the operation of all treatment programs or are a hallmark of a particular Level of Care. Once certified, programs must promptly address any deficiencies in a plan of action submitted to CARF and annually attest to continued satisfaction of the applicable rating elements. To maintain uninterrupted certification beyond the three-year term of certification, programs must timely apply for and successfully complete a recertification survey.

Find a Certified Treatment Program

Access the level of care you or your loved one deserves. Find a certified residential program that meets your needs and is certified to deliver the appropriate Level of Care.

Visit CARF's provider locator and search "ASAM" to find all certified programs. To find treatment programs capable of delivering a specific level of care, use the advanced search feature to select the appropriate level of care from the "Program" drop down menu.

If your program is not currently certified at a certain level of care, this does not necessarily mean they are not equipped to deliver it, but that they have not gone through the certification process. However, ASAM Level of Care Certification is the only way to be certain that a program has this ability. As more programs become certified, they will be added to this provider locator tool.

What Certification Mean for Patients, Providers and Payors:

The ASAM Level of Care Certification program benefits patients, clinicians, treatment programs, and payors:

When patients and their loved ones see the ASAM Level of Care certification seal, they will feel secure in knowing that the treatment program is equipped to deliver the evidence-based treatment needed.

Treatment programs already capable of delivering the evidence-based care outlined in The ASAM Criteria will receive well-deserved recognition for their commitment to helping patients. Treatment programs seeking to improve so that they are capable of offering evidence-based care will be able to turn to ASAM for assistance. ASAM offers publications and trainings to help treatment programs craft and implement policies and procedures that will help them achieve this goal.

ASAM Level of Care Certification will help to differentiate between various levels of residential care that are often grouped together as one. As such, this certification provides an independent assessment of the services that treatment programs are equipped to provide. Payors may use this information to reduce prior authorization requirements, structure reimbursement models, or create centers of excellence for addiction treatment. Above all, certification will provide a method for ensuring that patients enter treatment programs that are equipped to deliver evidence-based care.