DHCS is forming a new Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee

CSAM members: 

Per the DHCS letter, several current DHCS behavioral health advisory groups are being merged into one. CSAM members currently serve on several of these. Those of you who currently serve on one of these groups  must re-apply to be a candidate for membership on the new Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee (BH-SAC). For those not currently serving on an Advisory Group, we encourage you to apply. To do so, you must fill out an online form by no later than Friday, May 17 (sooner is preferred). It is very important that CSAM members apply so that there is strong representation from addiction medicine on this new Advisory Committee. 

To access the application form, go to: 

On the application, you will need to insert a short bio and commit to attending the first two meetings in person on Wed., July 10 (12:30pm-4:30pm) and Tuesday, October 29 (9:30am—1:30 pm) in Sacramento.

Contact csam@csam-asam.org if you have any questions.


New MAT Webinars on CSAM Education Center!

Please visit the CSAM Education center to watch the new MAT webinars: Real Cases of Buprenorphine-Naloxone Treatment: What to do and how to do it? featuring CSAM members, Soraya Azari, MD, Kenneth Saffier, MD, FASAM and Scott Steiger, MD, FACP, FASAM.

Transdermal Buprenorphine for Induction of Patients with Co-Morbid Pain featuring CSAM members, Soraya Azari, MD and Tauheed Zaman, MD. These webinars are FREE for CSAM members.

These are two 2019 webinars on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in primary care settings created by the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) with the support of a grant from the California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS). 

We hope you enjoy the webinar!
CSAM Education Team

Recommendations for Safe Opioid Prescribing

CSAM Recommendations for Safe Opioid Prescribing

Version 1.0 (03/01/19)

Important Notes:

  • These recommendations were initially developed by Kaiser Permanente and then modified and endorsed by Safe Med LA and on December 12, 2018 by the California Society of Addiction Medicine’s (CSAM) Committee on Opioids. They are based on recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CSAM, and other subject matter experts. 
  • As with any clinical recommendations, provider judgment should govern considerations involved in high quality and evidence-based patient care. 
  • Importantly, these recommendations should not be interpreted to require involuntary and/or rapid tapers, which can be more harmful than they are beneficial by putting patients at risk for poor outcomes such as medical and/or psychiatric decompensation, relapse or illicit drug use, overdose, and self-harm. Tapering decisions must be made based on the individual circumstances of each case, with careful consideration of the risks and benefits. 
  • Prescribers need to be aware of additional local, state, and federal laws and regulations involving opioid prescribing that may supersede these recommendations. 
  • For any prescribing outside of these recommendations, it is highly advised that the reason(s) be documented in the patient’s medical record. 
  • These recommendations do NOT pertain to palliative care, end-of-life (hospice), or active cancer treatment.

CSAM Newsletter Winter 2018 issue

CSAM News Winter 2018

  • President’s Message – CSAM’s Voice for Treatment is Being Heard
  • California Leads U.S. with Highest Number of Addiction Medicine Fellowships
  • Interested in Supporting Harm Reduction Efforts?
  • A Call to Advocacy Editorial – End Discrimination Against Healthcare Providers with Substance Use Disorders
  • MERF Hosts Record-Breaking Number of Scholars and Mentors at CSAM’s Annual Conference
  • Swath of Bills Signed Into Law by Governor Brown
  • CSAM Seeks a Seat in the House of Medicine
  • CSAM Awards Recognize Outstanding Achievement and Service

CSAM Newsletter Spring 2018 issue

CSAM News Spring 2018

  • President’s Message – What’s Ahead for CSAM in 2018?
  • Applying Your Addiction Medicine Know-How
  • CSAM Implements Grant to Expand Medication-Assisted Treatment in California
  • Membership Update – Vote to Include Associate Members Passes
  • CSAM Welcomes a New Education Director

CSAM Receives State Targeted Response (STR) Grant

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) was selected by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to be part of a statewide collaborative project that includes UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, to increase access to addiction treatment, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD). As the result of this funding, CSAM is updating its “Guideline for Physicians Working in California Opioid Treatment Programs” last published in 2008. The Guideline Update is to be published by January 2019. Walter Ling, MD and Ernie Vasti, MD are leading this project as a function of the Committee on Opioids. A host of CSAM members are contributing authors on the update. Through its sister organization, the Medical Education and Research Foundation (MERF), CSAM received funding to offer 72 Scholarships/Mentored Learning Experiences (MLEs) to take place at the CSAM Annual Conference, August 29 – Sept 1, 2018, in San Francisco at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square. Applications for these opportunities will be available beginning in March 2018. Ken Saffier, MD, President of the MERF Board of Directors is leading this effort. And, finally CSAM will be producing two webinars on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to be offered later this year and in early 2019. In 2017, CSAM sponsored a series of 12 monthly webinars to support the implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorders in primary care. The series of webinars was made possible by a grant from the CA Health Care Foundation (CHCF). These two webinars are an extension of that work and are being lead by Jean Marsters, MD Chair of CSAM’s Committee on Education. For more information on this grant, contact CSAM Project Manager Erica Murdock-Waters at: 415-764-4855 or csam.hss@gmail.com  Read more