April 2010 National Briefs

The American Psychiatric Association

  • The APA has released a first draft of the new Diagnostic and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The draft includes significant changes to their classifications of addictive disease. The DSM-5 will be released in 2013. The deadline for comments is April 20, 2010.

Borkenstein Course

  • Indiana University’s Center for Studies of Law in Action administers the premier alcohol and drugged driving courses in the United States. Faculty include internationally recognized experts in toxicology, enforcement, and prosecution. The alcohol course will be held on April 25-40, 2010 and December 5-10, 2010. The drugged driving course will be held April 11-16, 2010.

Bureau of Justice Assistance

  • The BJA issued the FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Only state, local, and tribal governments are eligible to apply for the funds, which may be used to address offenders with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Applications are due April 8, 2010.

  • The BJA has posted its Guide to Grants FY 2010, outlining where to find, how to write, and how to submit grant applications.

National Center for DWI Courts

National Conference of State Legislatures

National District Attorneys Association

  • The third edition of the National Prosecution Standards now is available for NDAA members. For more information, contact the NDAA at 703.549.9222.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • NHTSA has contracted with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation to conduct a study of SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) application in the field. The project will include 10 to 12 case studies that dissect the selection process for offenders, challenges, lessons learned, programming parameters, and results. The case studies will be used by state and local agencies and courts interested in using the technology to monitor offenders.

  • NHTSA solicited comments and suggestions for its 2010–2015 strategic planning. You may view the submissions through regulations.gov. You may also view NPAMC’s comments on the site.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

  • The NIAAA launched a new webzine, NIAAA Spectrum. The webzine includes feature articles, short news updates, and relevant information on NIAAA and the alcohol research field. NIAAA Spectrum will be published three times a year.

National Institutes of Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

United States Congress

  • Congress continued issuing short-term extensions of the Federal highway law (SAFETEA-LU), which was set to expire in September 2009. Congress is not expected to pass a successor bill until the end of 2010, at the earliest.