The facts: 1. According to NHTSA, 10,839 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2009. 2. Among repeat drunk driving offenders studied, 41% qualified for a drug use disorder and 44% for a psychiatric disorder that was not substance related.

Understanding the role that mental health issues play among repeat drunk driving offenders is increasingly important for prevention and treatment of DUI. With this in mind, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is hosting a briefing about the groundbreaking Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS) on Capitol Hill.

Already piloted with support from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), CARS will provide court, treatment, and probation personnel with a complete assessment of the multiple disorders that affect repeat drunk drivers.

CARS will package 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.

Principal Investigators Drs. Howard Shaffer and Sarah Nelson of the Cambridge Health Alliance Division of Addictions, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, will be on site to discuss the project and its future implications in the fight to eliminate drunk driving.

Please join us tomorrow at one of the two briefings we are holding:

Tuesday, September 13th — 9:00am - 10:00am, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G11, Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 13th — NOON - 1:00pm, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2360, Washington, DC

If you plan to join us, please RSVP with the briefing time that you plan to attend by emailing nanninib@responsibility.org or calling 202-637-0077.

We hope to see you there!