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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.  Click here for the schedule.

• 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.

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

Registration fees are $50 per person for CSBs and contract agencies and $200 per person for MCOs and contract providers. Participants must bring the textThe 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

February 2-3, 2017 – Northern Virginia.  The Cove, 310 Tyson Drive, Winchester VA 22603. Training is in the Good Ideas Conference Room. TRAINING FULL

February 27 -28, 2017 – Tidewater Area.  Western Tidewater CSB, 5268 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434.  TRAINING FULL

March 1-2, 2017 – Tidewater Area.  Portsmouth Behavioral Health Services, 1811 King Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704.  TRAINING FULL

March 20-21, 2017 - Culpeper.  Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Administrative Building, 15361 Bradford Road, Culpeper, VA 22701.  TRAINING FULL

NEW!  March 27-28, 2017 - Williamsburg.  Eastern State Hospital Cavey Center - Building I, 4601 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188.  Click here to register.