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ASAM Criteria Implementation and Science Based Implementation Strategies

ASAM Criteria Implementation and Science Based Implementation StrategiesPresented by: Scott Boyles and Mat Roosa, LCSW-R

The collective struggle of healthcare systems to engage in timely and sustained implementation of the ASAM criteria and other EBPs has been well documented. Implementation science helps us to understand the key ingredients of effective implementation and sustainment and shows that didactic education is necessary but clearly not sufficient to ensure implementation success.

This webinar will offer a brief overview of the ASAM Criteria Implementation Guide which is based on The NIATx model for improvement which has emerged during the last twenty years as a highly effective toolbox for implementation and improvement of EBPs. The Guide moves us toward a focused sequence of tested process tools for ASAM implementation (walk-through, flow chart, nominal group technique, data-driven PDSA cycles, etc.).


  • Review and identify key concepts of the ASAM Criteria Implementation Guide
  • Discuss how the ASAM Criteria's Guiding Principles Checklist and the ASAM Criteria Checklist can help identify and guide improvement strategies.
  • Understand the NIATx model and the functions of the NIATx Charter
  • Develop awareness around two or three ways the NIATx tools could be used to enhance services in alignment with the ASAM Principles Checklist.

About the Speakers

Scott Boyles is the Senior National Training Director for Train For Change Inc. With over 35 years of experience in the behavioral health field, he has acted as an inpatient and intensive outpatient counselor, clinical director and director. His experience includes extensive work in how to improve and provide services in rural and frontier communities. He has been a CARF Surveyor, a site auditor for state licensed addiction treatment programs (in multiple states) and contract manager for addiction treatment providers at the state level. Scott has a passion and expertise in system change approaches to support the implementation and use of evidenced based practices. For over two decades, in conjunction with his work in direct care Scott has been a consultant and trainer, with a focus on the utilizing and implementing the ASAM Criteria, individualized treatment planning, clinical documentation, Transtheoretical Model of Change and Motivational Interviewing. His consulting work has evolved from over 20 years of on-line experience. It includes group and individual coaching in regard to skill practice, service improvement and implementing best practices. Scott is a licensed Addiction Counselor, MINT Member and is a member of the ASAM Steering Committee.

Mathew Roosa, LCSW-R is a consultant who provides training, coaching, technical assistance and planning support to universities, research studies, governments and health and human service provider organizations. He was a founding member of NIATx, and currently works part time at the UW Madison Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS). Focusing on quality/ process improvement and implementation of evidence based practices, Mr. Roosa’s experience also includes psychotherapy for mental health and substance use in agencies and private practice, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Human Services and Social Work, agency administration, and governmental planning.

Starts: Jul. 17, 2024 12:00 pm
Ends: Jul. 17, 2024 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 17, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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