ASAM Criteria Copyright and Permissions

The ASAM Criteria® is the nation’s most The ASAM Criteriarespected, 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.

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, payers, 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 payers. 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. 

To learn more, read the newsletter announcement.

Permissions Agreements for The ASAM Criteria

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 payers.   

If you are interested in seeking permissions for using The ASAM Criteria, you can find additional information below.

For all other requests or questions, please contact ASAMCriteria@asam.org


What is Permission Required For?

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 Using The ASAM Criteria

 

Healthcare Providers

ASAM partners with Wolters Kluwer for the administration of requests for permission for providers.

The 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.

ASAM recognizes that there are some treatment programs for whom permissions costs may create a financial hardship. ASAM will offer hardship discounts, on a sliding scale basis, for permissions agreements to providers who meet eligibility requirements. After you fill out the permission application you will be sent a link to the hardship application form.

Healthcare Providers permission request form


States & Other Public Entities

For uses outside of the Fair Use guidelines, ASAM provides permission agreements to states and other public entities for the use of The ASAM Criteria at no charge. These agreements are necessary to provide permission to certain public entities that currently use ASAM trademarks or copyrighted material in statutes, regulations, or other documents.  ASAM seeks to provide clear permission for these uses in order to protect the integrity of ASAM’s intellectual property rights and to obtain public entity cooperation in the use of clear disclaimers to reduce the likelihood of public confusion as to ASAM’s involvement or endorsement.

States & Other Public Entities permission request form 


Publishers

ASAM partners with Wolters Kluwer for the administration of requests for permission for publishers and authors.

Publishers permission request form


Payers & Managed Care Entities

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

Payers & Managed Care Entities permissions request form


Educators

For educational uses outside of the Fair Use guidelines, ASAM is partnering with Wolters Kluwer for administration of requests for permissions.

Educators permission request form.


Training

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

Training permission request form


Technology Vendors

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