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Governor Brown Approves Statewide Program for Early Identification and Treatment of Physicians
SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
For the past seven years, California has lacked a coordinated statewide program for early intervention and treatment of physicians who are developing problems with alcohol and drugs. Now, thanks to legislation authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani and signed by Governor Jerry Brown, a program will be created to initiate referral of those physicians to treatment and to monitor those physicians until it can be assured that they may safely resume medical practice. [read full press release]
Continuing Medical Education
More than 600 attend CSAM "Essentials of Addiction Medicine" Conference
The Essentials of Addiction Medicine Conference, chaired by Anna Lembke, MD) concluded last week and was a success on many levels, from the quality of the presentations (including presentations by NIAAA Director George Koob, PhD and other top researchers and clinicians), opportunities for interaction with colleagues (including a gourmet good truck caravan and a dessert reception with Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, on the U.S. opioid epidemic), and much more.
Online materials from the conference will be available for purchase on the CSAM Education Center at the end of September.
CSAM Releases Papers on Minimum Insurance Benefits for Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Californians with substance use disorders are grossly underserved. According to the 2007 state estimates from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 764,000 Californians needed but didn’t receive treatment for drug use and 2.3 million Californians needed but did not receive treatment for alcohol use. At the end of 2014, CSAM released the Consumer Guide and Scorecard for Health Insurance Coverage in California for Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health which revealed that insurance plans often do not meet minimum evidence-based standards for substance abuse treatment. In order to address this disparity, CSAM has produced three papers that propose minimum standards and document the evidence for these. CSAM plans to meet with insurance providers to discuss the gap between these minimum standards and what is currently provided. These papers were adopted by the CSAM Executive Council on May 19, 2016.
- Minimum Insurance Benefits for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder by David Kan, MD and Tauheed Zaman, MD
- Minimum Insurance Benefits for Patients with Alcohol Use Disorders by Anna Lembke, MD, David Kan, MD, and Tauheed Zaman, MD
- Minimum Insurance Benefits for Patients with Nicotine and Tobacco Use Disorder by Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Cathy McDonald, MD, and Lori Karan, MD
CSAM Webinars Available Online
Webinars present state of the art clinical information and provide an opportunity to link research to clinical practice. Each webinar offers 1 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credit. Webinars are free for CSAM and ASAM Members. Non-Members, $25.
CSAM Cannabis Policy Statements
An initiative to legalize cannabis will appear on the 2016 California ballot. In the advent of policy changes that may increase availability of cannabis, an addictive drug, what are credible and evidence-based positions that prevent addiction, prevent harm to vulnerable populations, and promote access to quality treatment? CSAM believes that it is not necessary to support an initiative to work toward ensuring that whatever initiative is presented or eventually adopted takes measures to mitigate public health harms associated with expanded access to and use of cannabis.
- CSAM has established recommendations for cannabis policy in the prospect of possible ballot initiatives legalizing cannabis in California. [Read CSAM recommendations]
- The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Initiative No. 15-0103) is one of several initiatives seeking a place on the 2016 ballot. CSAM has submitted comments to the initiative's drafters through the California Attorney General's Office. [Read CSAM comments]