DSM-5 and Substance Abuse Evaluations for Criminal Offenders in the State of Nebraska


Ryan Carruthers

President & Executive Director

Ryan is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP), and Certified Professional Counselor (CPC) in the State of Nebraska, and is certified as a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) by the Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). He holds a Master of Human Relations (MHR) from the University of Oklahoma and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Counseling Studies through Capella University. Ryan is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and also works as an adjunct professor at both Metropolitan Community College and College of Saint Mary's. Ryan provides continuing education classes to other substance abuse counselors and mental health practitioners in the State of Nebraska. He is also a Certified SMART Recovery facilitator, hosting Omaha's first SMART Recovery meeting at Abintra, and recently began serving as the SMART Recovery Regional Coordinator for the State of Nebraska.


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In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association will publish the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Health Disorders, Fifth Edition.  Within this, there are proposed changes to the way substance use disorders are diagnosed.  Substance abuse counselors and mental health practitioners must be prepared for this change, especially those registered providers in the State of Nebraska providing substance abuse evaluations for the criminal justice system. 

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