Screening for Unhealthy Alcohol and Drug Use: Screening Tools and Guidance for Implementation
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Expires on Feb 14, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

This webinar will provide an overview of the goals of screening for unhealthy alcohol and drug use, and discuss validated screening tools, including the Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medication, and Other Substance Use (TAPS) Tool and single-item screeners. Screening implementation will be considered, and guidance offered on how to select screening tools and implementation strategies that meet the needs of an individual practice or program. Finally, attendees will be introduced to resources that are freely available to support screening implementation.

Learning Objectives

  • Utilize the alcohol and drug use screening guidelines, including current guidelines and state of the evidence regarding screening for medical patients.
  • Evaluate specific screening instruments and general principles that may guide the selection of a screening approach.
  • Incorporate screening tools in the practice setting, including use of a new resource to guide implementation decisions.

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: February 14, 2022
End Date: February 14, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

The presenters and program planners report no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Presenters

  • Jennifer McNeely, M.D., Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine

Program Planners

  • Lamyaa Yousif, M.D., Senior DSM Operations Manager and Research Associate, American Psychiatric Association
  • Sejal Petal, M.P.H., Senior Research Associate, American Psychiatric Association

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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