SUD Treatment Care Continuum and Program Standards (ASAM Criteria)

$5.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

Needs assessments and other research have shown that not all state Medicaid programs offer the full continuum of services needed by individuals with a SUD.  This CE course provides information about the preventive, treatment, and recovery services and the levels of care comprising the continuum of SUD care.  An overview of nationally developed guidelines for SUD treatment criteria, including provider and service standards for each level of care is also provided.

Author:  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  (2017, April).  Overview of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Care Clinical Guidelines: A Resource for States Developing SUD Delivery System Reforms.  Department of Health & Human Services.

References / Contributions by:

Mee-Lee D, ed. The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions. Chevy Chase, MD: American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2013.

American Society of Addiction Medicine. Quality & Practice.

Additional information about CONTINUUM, The ASAM Criteria Decision Engine software is available at:

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Conclude which setting waivered physicians are not allowed to prescribe buprenorphine under the OBOT model of care.

2.  Differentiate which services are directed by nonphysician addiction specialists rather than medical personnel and are appropriate for individuals whose primary problems involve emotional, behavioral, cognitive, readiness to change, relapse, or recovery environment concerns.

3.  Identify which medication is not covered by the Controlled Substances Act.

4.  Name three items that are safely manageable in a clinically managed service.

5.  Summarize the treatment goal for intensive outpatient programs.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  SUD Treatment Care Continuum and Program Standards

2.  ASAM Criteria

3.  ASAM Levels of Care

4.  Withdrawal Management Levels of Care

5.  Opioid Treatment Services

6.  Examples of State Substance Use Disorder Program Standards



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

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CAADE Approval

This course is CAADE approved.


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Added On: 2019-12-02

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