April 30, 2020

CARS-5 Has Launched. Learn More During a Webinar on May 8th.

Join Dr. Sarah Nelson, Director of Research at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, to learn what many in the criminal justice field have already discovered – Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS) can improve decision-making and facilitate individualized supervision and treatment for impaired driving clients.

About CARS: In recognition of the prevalence of co-occurring disorders among impaired drivers and the limitations of existing assessment instruments, Responsibility.org dedicated funding and ongoing support to the development, validation, and implementation of a comprehensive tool that identifies mental health and substance use disorders. For more than a decade, Responsibility.org has collaborated with the Division on Addiction to make CARS freely accessible to any practitioner or entity involved in the supervision or rehabilitation of impaired drivers.

Register online to participate in an interactive webinar on May 8th at 1pm EDT to learn why CARS has become widely accepted as a preferred tool for use among impaired drivers by justice and treatment practitioners. In addition to providing an overview of the benefits of CARS, Dr. Nelson will highlight the enhancements contained in CARS-5 and detail how to facilitate seamless installation and set-up.

The two upgrades that will be the central focus of the webinar include:

  • Transition from DSM-IV to DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition) criteria in both the CARS screeners and full CARS assessment.
  • Spanish translation of both the self and interviewer-administered versions of the CARS screener.

If you have yet to use CARS within your program, now is the optimal time to download the tool, free of cost! Responsibility.org encourages you to join the growing CARS community and see how this instrument can assist your agency in employing assessment-driven decision-making and achievement of better outcomes among DUI clients.