CSAM committees are led by and comprised of member volunteers. Each committee performs designated activities to further the mission of CSAM under the oversight of the Board of Directors.
We eagerly invite CSAM members to join a committee to get involved with other stimulating and passionate colleagues. Together, we can make a greater impact in our shared cause and goals.
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Committee on Education
Prepares a long range plan and implement CME activities of CSAM; ensures that all CME activities meet the standards set by ACCME and the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ); acts for the Society (with no action of the CSAM Board required) in all matters related to programs of continuing medical education.
Committee on Opioids
Make recommendations for CSAM and drafts policy statements for approval by the CSAM Board; makes the addiction medicine physician’s voice heard on legislative and regulatory matters affecting treatment for opioid dependence, issues policy statements and white papers, and recommends to the Committee on Education educational activities on the treatment of opioid dependence.
Committee on Government Affairs
With the guidance of CSAM’s policy advisor, prepares recommendations for positions on legislation and regulatory matters, issues position statements and initiates activities intended to influence public policy in California about matters related to treatment of substance use disorders, monitors legislative and regulatory activity at the Federal, State, and/or County levels; identifies other like-minded organizations and cultivates alliances.
Committee on Membership & Communications
The Committee on Membership & Communications is responsible for recruitment of new members into CSAM and promoting active participation among the membership. In addition, the Committee is responsible for all of CSAM’s regular publications such as the newsletter, email broadcasts, and the CSAM website, ensuring that each contributes to the mission of the Society and furthers its goals and objectives. The Committee exercises the final responsibility for and decisions about the content of CSAM’s regular publications, will monitor benefits and services, evaluate membership surveys, explore new benefits and make recommendations to the CSAM Board.
Committee on Integration and Access to Systems of Care (IASC)
The committee works to achieve access to patient-centered, evidence-based, treatment for all patients at risk for substance related and addictive disorders, and includes a focus on access to treatment for the historically underserved.
Annual Conference Planning Committee
The Committee plans the annual CSAM conference that is one of the nation’s foremost annual gatherings of physicians and other healthcare professionals who specialize in the treatment of Substance Use Disorders and practicing physicians in both primary care and other specialty fields who are seeking an overview of the field of Addiction Medicine.
The Awards Committee recommends candidates for the Vernelle Fox Award, an award that recognizes physicians who have made noteworthy and lasting contributions in line with the mission of the Society: contributions that improve the quality of health care services, increase communication and education among providers of care and add to the research on which the understanding of the field is based and on which the health care services are built. In addition, the committee nominates the Community Service award to recognize a non-physician who made outstanding contributions to the community. This CSAM award is presented based on merit and since 1985, it has been awarded to a wide variety of legislators, activists, community leaders, etc., all with one thing in common: they have improved the lives of those suffering from the disease of addiction, and by doing so have contributed valuable service to the community. The Awards Committee is chaired by CSAM’s Immediate Past President.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for nominating candidates for the CSAM Board of Directors, including CSAM’s Regional Director to ASAM. The Nominating Committee is chaired by CSAM’s Immediate Past President.