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Virginia Medicaid: Spring 2021 Substance Use Disorder Training and Technical Assistance Webinars

The SUPPORT Act Grant team is pleased to announce its Spring 2021 webinar series. One main area of focus for these webinars is the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) substance use disorder (SUD) Treatment Assessment dimensions. These dimensions are designed to guide the assessment process and ensure that each client receives the most appropriate, individualized treatment. A clear understanding of these treatment assessment dimensions is critical for providers, Managed Care Organizations and other professionals in order to operationalize this content in practice with Medicaid members who have a substance use disorder. Please see below for information on the upcoming webinar topics, schedule of events and registration links.  Webinar slide decks are available on the DMAS SUPPORT Act grant webpage

PLEASE NOTE that the goal of these training sessions is to help raise providers’ awareness and understanding around implementing ASAM Treatment Assessment dimensions. These trainings are not designed as a substitute for official ASAM training, nor are they to serve as a substitute for any ASAM training that is required by any local, state, or federal regulatory agency or certifying organization. These training sessions are not sponsored or endorsed by ASAM.

Automated closed captioning (CC) is available for these webinars with real-time captions that will run simultaneously with the presentation. The streaming text is available through Hamilton Relay Remote Conference Captioning (RCC). We recommend opening a second window with the Hamilton Relay link provided and resizing it in such a fashion that it appears below the webinar screen. This allows the viewer to see both the webinar and its associated text/graphics while also being able to comfortably view the real-time captions. The complete webinar schedule along with the closed captioning links are available on the DMAS SUPPORT Act Grant Webpage.

Spring Technical Assistance Webinars Topics

DMAS will begin offering technical assistance webinars on a variety of topics including:

  • Repeated Webinars:
    • ARTS Care Coordination
    • How to start an OBOT
  • SUD & Clients in Need of Housing
  • ASAM Criteria Assessment Dimensions 1 & 2
  • ASAM Criteria Assessment Dimensions 3
  • ASAM Criteria Assessment Dimensions 4
  • ASAM Criteria Assessment Dimensions 5 & 6

Below is the webinar schedule for the weeks of March 8th, March 15th, and March 22nd along with registration links.

Webinars for the week of March 8th – March 12th

Monday, March 8, 2021
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: ARTS Care Coordination  – Paul Brasler


Tuesday, March 9, 2021
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.:  ARTS Care Coordination  – Paul Brasler


Webinars for the week of March 15th – March 19th

Monday, March 15, 2021
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: How to start an OBOT – Paul Brasler, Adam Creveling, Ke’Shawn Harper


Webinars for the week of March 22nd – March 26th

Monday, March 22, 2021
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: SUD & Clients in Need of Housing  – Paul Brasler


Tuesday, March 23, 2021
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: SUD & Clients in Need of Housing – Paul Brasler


Questions?  Please contact the SUPPORT Act Grant team at

DMAS hosted webinars: Reasonable accommodations for these presentations will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. Please notify the DMAS Civil Rights Coordinator at 804-482-7269 at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting to make arrangements.

Disclaimer: The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) SUPPORT Act Grant projects are supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $4,836,765 with 100 percent funded by CMS/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CMS/HHS, or the U.S. Government.