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Substance Use Disorders: Matching to the Right Level of Care

David R. Gastfriend, M.D., DFASAM


The goals of evidence-based standards in assessment and placement criteria in treating substance use disorders include: 1) comprehensive, patient-centric evaluation of patients’ needs, strengths and resources; 2) ensuring reliability through standards across providers and systems; and 3) achieving predictive validity, i.e., obtaining the best outcome for patients using the least intensive and restrictive services and settings.

In the 1980s, the American Society of Addiction Medicine began to define a national set of criteria that provides results-based care in the treatment of addiction. Today, The ASAM Criteria are the most widely used set of standards in the United States for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions.

This workshop will address six areas or dimension of care needs, multidimensional assessment and placement using ASAM criteria in order to determine the right level of care.

Learning objectives:

      • Contrast usual care approaches with the rationale for standardized multidimensional assessment and placement according to evidence-based decision criteria.
      • Describe the six-dimensional model of assessment using the ASAM Criteria.
      • Implement the principles of utilizing the least intensive and restrictive treatment setting that provides effective care for a given patient’s needs and strengths.

2 CEUs:   Ph.D., PharmD, LADC, CADC, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, and Case Management. Nursing documentation of participation.     Pre-registration is required.

Oklahoma LADC:  2.0 total CEUs approved (2.0 Alcohol and Drug Specific)

Kansas LPC & LCPC, Psychologist, LAC & LCAC – meets continuing education requirements for CEUs as described in K.A.R. 102.
Missouri Psychologist – Meets with continuing education requirements as described in Chapter 337.050, 12.(1)
Missouri Social Worker – Application was not made for approval.
Missouri LPC – Verification of training hours and attendance will be provided for required Missouri LPC Continuing Education reporting.
Arkansas Psychologist – Meets with continuing education requirements as described in Arkansas Psychology Board Rules and Regulations 2009, 9.1.A(2)(a).
Arkansas LPC,LADAC – This CE offering is not offered as an NBCC approved seminar.

Please check with your licensing board(s) for approval status.

About the Presenter

David R. Gastfriend, M.D., DFASAM

Dr. Gastfriend is an addiction psychiatrist. At Harvard Medical School, he directed addiction research at Massachusetts General Hospital and was an investigator in the NIDA Cocaine Collaborative Study, NIAAA’s COMBINE Study and NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network. As Vice President at Alkermes, Inc., he directed scientific publications on Vivitrol in clinical, criminal justice and health economics research.

His research led most states to endorse the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria. His 150 scientific publications include the books The ASAM Criteria and Addiction Treatment Matching. His ASAM CONTINUUM – The ASAM Criteria Decision Engine® and ASAM’s CO-Triage® tools are being adopted nationwide.

In 2016, he co-founded DynamiCare Health, a nationally-scalable technology for Contingency Management and predictive analytics, winning awards from Harvard Business School, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Governor of Ohio, and the New York Times. He has consulted to governments in Belgium, China, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Russia and the U.S.

Thursday, November 10, 2022,  noon – 2:15 p.m.


Please check your “junk” or “spam” folder in addition to your inbox for your webinar access link.  Please log-in by 12:00 noon and remain in the session.  Workshop concludes at 2:15 p.m.

This is NOT a telephonic presentation.  Approvals for this event were based upon this being a live webinar with both video and audio feed.  You must be logged into the webinar, using the link provided in order to obtain the educational time credit.

Certificates of attendance will be distributed by Monday November 14 via email with a link for downloading a hard copy if desired.  Please check your “junk” or “spam” folder in addition to your inbox.