We were proud to join Dr. Howard Shaffer and Dr. Sarah Nelson on Tuesday to share their research on CARS (Computerized Assessment Referral System) with U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and Federal Agency personnel in Washington DC. Their research is going to change how we deal with DUI repeat offenders, and we’re very happy that we were able to support their research.
The CARS program grew out of the insight that there may be additional variables influencing why hardcore DUI offenders to persist in offending. The consequences of their first DUI did not dissuade these individuals from offending again. Realizing that addiction and mental health disorders might be the missing part of the puzzle, Drs. Shaffer and Nelson set out to develop a user-friendly and comprehensive tool to help diagnose and subsequently help facilitate a customized treatment plan for these underlying conditions.
CARS is a powerful assessment tool with a user-friendly interface that will more effectively screen for mental health disorders, alcohol dependence and drug dependence for DUI offenders. Based on the internationally-recognized CIDI (Comprehensive International Diagnostic Interview) system CARS is a cost-effective tool designed to aid those working in the courts, probation, and treatment programs to screen their populations for mental health disorders in addition to alcohol-related issues.
Over the next three years, the CARS tool will be fully developed, tested and evaluated. We’re looking forward to seeing the results.