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ASAM Training Dates Now Open for Registration


With approval from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services of North Carolina’s Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver, all licensed behavioral health clinicians contracted with an LME/MCO and/or a Standard Plan to provide assessment or evaluation services who identify a substance use diagnosis as a part of a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment/Diagnostic Assessment must utilize ASAM Criteria to guide treatment recommendations. Additionally, SUD clinical policies and licensure rules will be revised or created to meet The ASAM Criteria 2013 edition of the manual in support of the waiver. LME/MCO and Division of Health Services Regulation staff will require training in ASAM to provide their contract oversight and regulatory roles, respectively. 


  1. Behavioral health clinicians in North Carolina who are contracted with an LME/MCO or a Standard Plan to provide Comprehensive Clinical Assessment/Diagnostic Assessment.
  2. LME/MCO staff who provide contract oversight
  3. Staff from DMHDDSAS, DHB, DSOHF, DHSR, DPH, DSS who have related regulatory roles.


Live Training
webinar iconUNC School of Social Work- Behavioral Health Springboard (BHS) will facilitate this live online two-day, application-focused training that provides participants with an in-depth look at the theoretical foundations of the Criteria, including clinically driven services, biopsychosocial assessment, the six dimensions, continued stay and transfer/discharge criteria. Incorporating the use of the new edition of The ASAM Criteria, participants will have opportunities for skill practice at every stage of the treatment process: assessment, engagement, treatment planning, continuing care and transfer or discharge.

$175 per person (includes 13 credit hours, hard copy ASAM manual, and training material). Organizations purchasing multiple registrations can buy 3 and get the 4th half off.


The ASAM Criteria is the most widely used decision-making tool regarding determining appropriate Level of Care for persons with Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Disorders.

Take a ‘deep dive’ into the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria! Proper use of the criteria is much more than a checklist of signs and symptoms—it is a tapestry of identifying a patient’s strengths/protective factors, here and now based facts, assessing need and risk in each of the 6 dimensions, knowledge of risk associated with withdrawal from substances of misuse and much more!

All of these considerations result in determining the safest and least restrictive environment in which a patient can make decisions about use and if they choose, with excellent clinical intervention, move into recovery. The 2013 ASAM book describes exactly what should be offered in each Level of Care, what staff should provide these services and how ideally, a client, can move fluidly through and between Levels of Care based on their successful resolution of problems as opposed to fixed lengths of stay

Training Dates:                                                           Registration Closing Dates:

March 22 & 23, 2023                                                    March 3, 2023

April 26 & 27, 2023                                                       April 7, 2023

May 23 & 24, 2023                                                       May 5, 2023

June 7 & 8, 2023                                                          May 19, 2023

Virtual Location Zoom platform with hosting by https://bhs.unc.edu

Learning Objectives Participants completing this training will be able to: 

  1. Discover the intent, spirit and development of the ASAM PPC
  2. Recognize the resources in the ASAM, 2013 book including considerations for Special Populations and current research implications.
  3. Describe the 6 dimensions of Multidimensional Assessment that are assessed (with a patient) and how they provide a guide for determining level of care placement.
  4. Describe how to determine and rate risk and severity within each dimension.
  5. Identify ASAM-defined levels of care (LOC) and what services and treatment modalities are needed within each LOC.
  6. Practice applying the decision flow to a case and determining a LOC.
  7. Describe the Dimensional and Diagnostic Admission Criteria/Rules for various Levels of Care.
  8. Describe strategies for managing placement disagreement with referral sources or intra-treatment team-Decisional Flow and other ASAM recommendations.
  9. Discuss strategies to identify implementation challenges in their unique settings


webinar iconAgenda - Two-Day ASAM Criteria Skill Building Training

Day 1 – 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. EST

8:30– 8:45  -------      Introductions; Goals; Pre-quiz 

8:45 – 9:45  -------      The intent and the spirit of the ASAM PPC (2013) edition; Identify and use the resources in the book 

9:45 10:00 -------        Break

10:00 – 12:00 -------   The Components of the Six Dimensional Assessment 

12:00 – 1:00   -------   Lunch

1:00 – 2:45  -------     Determining and rating risk and severity within the 6 dimensions 

2:45 – 3:00   ------     Break

3:00 – 4:30   -------    Application of Dimensional Assessment to client cases 


Day 2 – 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m. EST

8:30 – 8:45  ------      Review of Day One principles 

8:45- 9:45  ------       Introduce the Levels of Care; discuss the influence of Stage of Change and Medical Necessity on LOC considerations re: client placement

9:45 – 10:00  ------   Break

10:00 – 12:00 ------  What are the Dimensional and Diagnostic Admission Criteria for the Levels of Care 

12:00 – 1:00  ------  Lunch

1:00 – 2:45  ------    Apply Dimensional Assessment, the LOC and the Dimensional and Diagnostic Admission Criteria to Client Cases (Managing payer source and/or treatment team/stakeholder disagreements on LOC) 

2:45 – 3:00 -------    Break

3:00 – 4:30 -------    Application/Discussion of assessment, placement and intensity of service continues with group discussion; post-quiz 

Registration New training dates now open for fall 2022!

Registration fee:  $175 per person. Organizations purchasing multiple registrations can buy 3 and get the 4th half off. The registration fee is specific to the dates selected and is not transferrable to a different date. Fee includes 13 contact hours and a hard copy of The ASAM Criteria manual.

Refunds Refunds will be issued up to 2 weeks before the training date.

Requests for Accommodations:

Registrants requiring any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in our training programs, please contact us by email at bhs-support@unc.edu or by phone at (919) 445-0990 after completing registration to ensure we have enough time to secure the requested services.

Contact for Questions: bhs-support@.unc.edu (919) 445-0990

Continuing Education

Full attendance is required to receive credit; no partial credit will be given.

All participants completing the training will be issued a certificate of completion demonstrating 13 contact hours.

NBCC: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6642.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  13 contact hours

NCASPPB: This course has been submitted to the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board for up to 13 SS (EBT) contact hours. Approval #: 22-426-S

Registration Confirmation Notices and Certificates of Completion:

Registration fee is $175, and participants must register at least 2 weeks in advance of the training date to attend. We will confirm your registration by email. Successful completion includes being logged in and virtually participating for the entire two days. Immediately after the training concludes participants will receive an email notifying them of the process and the manner, they will gain access to the evaluation and the certificate of completion for the training. The Certificate of Completion email will go within 5 business days after the training concludes to participants who met the time requirement listed in the continuing education policy based on the length of the training. Fees include credit hours, a hard copy ASAM manual, and training material.


NC Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

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Presenters for the Live Webinar Training Sessions

Laurie Contay

Laurie Contay MSWLaurie Conaty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with 30+ years of experience providing mental health and substance use disorder treatment and program development-including Adolescent & Adult Co-occurring Disorder treatments. She is a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Addiction Professionals of NC, NC Society for Clinical Social Work and NASW-NC. In January 2022 she was selected as a member of the NASW Task Force for Clinical Social Work Standards, charged with revising the standards for the practice of Clinical Social Work.

She is EMDR Level 1 trained, DBT trained, Seven Challenges trained and trained in Jeff and Debra Jay’s “Love First Clinical Interventions.” Laurie was awarded a Letter of Commendation from Fairfax County, VA Community Services Board for developing, implementing and managing the first community-based apartment program for adults with co-occurring disorders to live, work and practice their recovery in the community.

She has held Clinical Faculty appointments at both Duke University and UNC-CH, in their respective Departments of Psychiatry. In 2004, she was named Clinical Social Worker of the Year, for her work in advocating and exemplifying best practice, including integrated care.

Laurie provides Motivational Interviewing training and coaching and is a MINT Certified Trainer. She enthusiastically assists agencies and clinics in implementing MI and ASAM fidelity into their treatment culture. During 2018-2019 she worked with Train for Change/The Change Companies providing ASAM training at various sites throughout the US.

In addition to training and consultation, she provides outpatient therapy and interventions through her practice, in Sanford, NC.


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