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Jason Snyder


For those interested in supporting early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorder, and those at risk for developing these disorders, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) is presenting a two-part Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training and implementation series. More information and registration are available here.

In keeping with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s (DDAP) mandate that all addiction treatment providers contracted with behavioral health Medicaid managed care organizations or Single County Authorities provide treatment in alignment with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) guidelines, Beacon Health Options has issued an alert summarizing the key aspects of the ASAM criteria.

DDAP has set July 1, 2021, as the deadline for ASAM implementation.

RCPA continues to work with its D&A members to understand the significant effects this change will have on their ability to continue to operate. In addition, RCPA continues to work with regulatory agencies and the legislature to make them aware of the extreme challenges this mandate has created and its potential effect on access to care for Pennsylvanians in need of treatment for substance use disorder.

Beacon’s alert can be viewed here. Questions for Beacon can be directed to the provider’s field coordinator.