APA is sponsoring the third annual National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD), to be held April 5, and is urging members to participate. The deadline for registration is Feb. 16.
NASD is the only nationwide screening program devoted to addressing alcohol problems, and seeks to increase awareness of alcohol problems, identify those in need and connect individuals and their families with support and treatment services.
Psychologists who participate are supplied with the materials needed including a procedure manual, sample publicity materials, educational pamphlets, a video and screening forms with scoring instructions and referral guidelines to educate and screen community members for a range of alcohol disorders.
Since the program's inception in 1999, more than 63,000 individuals have been screened for an alcohol problem. Last year, screenings took place at 1,400 sites nationwide, including hospitals, health clinics, colleges, primary-care offices and various public locations. In 2001, NASD organizers hope to screen another 35,000 individuals at 2,500 community-based screening sites, colleges and hospital emergency departments.
National Alcohol Screening Day is a program of Screening for Mental Health (SMH), the nonprofit organization that pioneered the concept of screening for mental health disorders. Other SMH programs include National Depression Screening Day and the National Eating Disorders Screening Program. APA has been a co-sponsor of NASD since its inception and contributes educational materials to the screening kits, including information on "How to Find Help Through Psychotherapy."