Selecting a CARS Version

Both the Windows and Mac versions of CARS include three versions of the assessment. Each version creates a diagnostic report that you can share with clients. Your decision about which version to use will come down to how much time you have for assessments and which in-depth disorder modules you decide to activate.


This version of CARS includes a comprehensive mental health screener that screens for 18 disorders and problems, and in-depth disorder modules that permit more thorough evaluation of 12 disorders. CARS also includes a module devoted to assessing DUI and factors related to DUI recidivism, a module that assesses suicidality, and a personality disorder screener. Programs using CARS can choose which of these modules they want to use. CARS takes between 1 – 3 hours to administer, depending on the pace of the interview and which modules are selected.

CARS Screener

This version of CARS includes the same comprehensive mental health screener as CARS, but excludes the in-depth disorder modules. The CARS screener permits programs without the time or resources to conduct CARS to screen for potential disorders and identify mental health areas that might warrant additional attention. The CARS Screener takes 30 – 50 minutes to administer.

Self-Administered CARS Screener

This version of CARS has identical content to the CARS Screener, but has been modified for self-administration by clients. The Self-Administered CARS Screener takes between 20 – 50 minutes for clients to complete on their own.

In-depth Disorder Modules included with CARS:

    • Alcohol Use
    • Substance Use
    • DUI behavior
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    • Personality Disorders
    • Depression
    • Mania
    • Suicidality
    • Panic Disorder
    • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Conduct Disorder