ASAM Assessment for Adults and Adolescents

What are the ASAM Criteria Used For?

The ASAM criteria use a multidimensional approach to assess a person’s needs, strengths, resources, social support, and various assets. The ASAM criteria help determine the best level of care for the person’s substance use disorder at the time of assessment, accounting for their need for medical oversight and safety. The ASAM criteria can be used at entry into treatment and during transitions to different levels of care on the continuum.

ASAM Assessment for Adults and Adolescents

What are the ASAM Criteria Used For?
The ASAM criteria use a multidimensional approach to assess a person’s needs, strengths, resources, social support, and various assets. The ASAM criteria help determine the best level of care for the person’s substance use disorder at the time of assessment, accounting for their need for medical oversight and safety. The ASAM criteria can be used at entry into treatment and during transitions to different levels of care on the continuum.

ASAM Dimensions

The ASAM dimensions are comprehensive and take in all aspects of the person’s life. The use of these dimensions helps to determine the intensity of services needed.

Dimension 1: Acute intoxication and/or withdrawal potential. Exploring and assessing the current and past use of substances, as well as the history of withdrawal

Dimension 2: Biomedical dimension, which explores a person’s medical needs and health history

Dimension 3: Emotional, behavioral, or cognitive conditions and complications

Dimension 4: Readiness to change. Determining a person’s willingness and readiness to change their substance use

Dimension 5: Relapse, continued use, or continued problem potential. Assessing a person’s individual needs that can influence their potential to relapse

Dimension 6: Recovering/living environment. Assessing how a person’s living situation can help or hinder their efforts at recovery

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ASAM Levels of Care

ASAM outlines various levels of care based on the outcome of the 6 ASAM dimensions assessment.3 These levels of care are on a scale ranging from 0.5 to 4, with 4 being the most intensive.

Again, with the ASAM dimensions taking into account a person’s needs, strengths, and support system, among other variables, the assessment informs the clinician as to which of these levels is the most appropriate at the time for a person’s treatment needs.

The ASAM levels of care include:

Level 0.5, which is called Early Intervention. Early intervention can consist of assessment and education for people at risk of developing a substance use disorder, or programs like DUI classes for people arrested for driving under the influence. The goal of .5 services is to intervene before a person develops a substance use disorder.

Level 1 outpatient treatment consists of treatment for substance use that is less than 9 hours a week. Level 1 is appropriate for people with less severe disorders, or as a step-down from more intensive services.

Level 2.1 is intensive outpatient services consisting of at least 9 and no more than 20 hours per week of treatment. These programs typically offer medical care 24 hours a day by phone or within 72 hours in person.

Level 2.5 is partial hospitalization, which is at least 20 hours a week but is less than 24-hour care. This level of care provides structure, and daily oversight for people who need daily monitoring, but not 24/7 care.

Level 3.1 is clinically managed low-intensity residential treatment. Residential services at this level consist of a setting, such as a group home, where people live. However, treatment is only required to be 5 hours per week, which helps people with such topics as relapse management.

Level 3.3 is clinically managed high-intensity and population-specific services. These programs are targeted for providing treatment designed to move at a slower pace, for people with cognitive functioning issues, including people with traumatic brain injuries, the elderly, or people with developmental disabilities.

Level 3.5 is clinically managed residential services. These services are designed for people with serious psychological or social issues who need 24-hour oversight and are at risk of imminent harm.

Level 3.7 is medically managed high-intensity inpatient treatment These services are for people who need intensive medical or psychological monitoring in a 24-hour setting but do not need daily physician interaction.

Level 4 provides 24-hour nursing care and daily physician visits. People in this level of care need daily physician monitoring, along with 24-hour oversight.

When is payment due?

A nonrefundable $40 deposit is required to reserve appointment slot. The balance is due at time of scheduled appointment.

What is your appointment and cancellation policy?

Late Cancellations will be subject to paying another deposit if notice was NOT RECEIVED AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE. This is necessary because a time commitment is made to you and is held exclusively for you.

“Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.”
– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

At this time, this service is exclusively offered only via Telehealth by phone or Zoom.

State approved substance abuse assessment is $100.00. You will be provided a total of up to 1.5 hours to get the assessment completed. This assessment is required for admission into any state funded substance abuse program. The fee covers the assessment, 1 copy of assessment, up to 5 referral locations of your choice, and unlimited updates for up to 90 days after initial assessment is completed.

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Schedule with us today to avoid long wait times or being on a wait list to get assessed.

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We can help.

Schedule with us today to avoid long wait times or being on a wait list to get assessed.

Let’s get you take care of and placed in the correct level of care. We are here to SERVE!