Here’s a motion graphics video I did when working for The Change Companies®, a fantastic business that provides great services to underserved populations to help them make positive, lasting change.
In 2013, The Change Companies® published The ASAM Criteria, the 3rd edition of treatment criteria from the American Society of Addiction Medicine. This new edition reinforced the guiding principles that have made ASAM’s criteria the most widely used and comprehensive set of addiction treatment guidelines in the country.
In addition to this educational text, The Change Companies® also has produced the only ASAM-endorsed eTraining modules and participant-centered resources for providing effective, individualized care. Together, the ASAM products and services offered by The Change Companies® give providers an entire treatment planning system they can use throughout their interactions with participants.
ASAM’s criteria, formerly known as the ASAM patient placement criteria, is the result of a collaboration that began in the 1980s to define one national set of criteria for providing outcome-oriented and results-based care in the treatment of addiction. Today the criteria have become the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. ASAM’s criteria are required in over 30 states.
ASAM’s criteria is an indispensable resource that addiction medicine professionals rely on to provide a nomenclature for describing the continuum of addiction services.
How ASAM’s Criteria Works
ASAM’s treatment criteria provide separate placement criteria for adolescents and adults to create comprehensive and individualized treatment plans. Adolescent and adult treatment plans are developed through a multidimensional patient assessment over five broad levels of treatment that are based on the degree of direct medical management provided, the structure, safety and security provided and the intensity of treatment services provided.