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DBHDS and the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) have been collaborating closely to implement the new Virginia Medicaid Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) Benefit, which begins on April 1, 2017.   An essential part of successful implementation is providers' thorough knowledge of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria for individual assessment and placement. To assist CSBs, their contract agencies, managed care organizations (MCOs) and their contract providers in learning this important tool, DBHDS has engaged Train for Change, Inc., a nationally known organization with specific expertise in this area, to provide system-wide training in collaboration with the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards.

Three types of training will be provided:

• Ten two-day skill building sessions intended primarily for those providing assessments, designing and implementing programs, providing case management services, and managing quality assurance.  These sessions are limited to 40 participants each. 

• Two one-day sessions intended for nonclinical managers, such as CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs. 

• Two one-day sessions to train coaches who will provide ongoing continuity to assure that Virginia providers are consistently utilizing the ASAM Criteria. 

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see current offerings.  Additional training opportunities will be available once this initial round of training is complete. For questions, please contact Lisa Street at DBHDS via email or by phone at 804-371-7760.

Registration Fees

For two-day sessions, registration fees are $50 per person for CSBs and contract agencies and $200 per person for MCOs and contract providers. Participants must bring the text The ASAM Criteria, 3rd Edition with them to the trainingThe text is available for purchase at Up to three participants can share a copy.

Continuing Education Credits

NAADAC is providing 13 CEUs from to all registered participants who fully participate in the two-day sessions.

Training Schedule

Non-Clinical Managers Training:  May 2, 2017 in at the Westerre Conference Center, 3831 Westerre Parkway, Room 110, Henrico, VA 23233.  This is a one-day training session being offered to non-clinical managers, such as CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.  The session will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 5:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. NOTE: Participants must bring the text The ASAM Criteria, 3rd Edition, with them to the session.  Up to three participants can share a copy of the text.  Texts are available for purchase at  Registration fees are $25 for CSBs or their contract agencies, and $100 for health plans and organizations not contracting with a CSB.  NAADAC will provide 6.5 CEUs to registered participants that complete the session.  Click here to register