BHPC: Substance Use Disorders Case Study: Adolescent



Interactive Module

Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals
  • Registered Nurses


This Behavioral Health in Primary Care (BHPC) case study aids in assessing and developing a care plan for an adolescent presenting with a substance use disorder in primary care.


About the Series

NURSING IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY is an NYU Meyers Initiative to maximize the potential of the nursing workforce as a vital part of the primary care team to address behavioral health concerns, including substance use and mental health, and mitigate social determinants that serve as barriers to good health.

This project is supported by the New York Community Trust.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply your knowledge of the risks of adolescent substance use and utilize this knowledge in the assessment and treatment planning of patients.
  2. Apply a non-judgemental perspective to engage patients, keeping communication open.
  3. Identify substance use disorders and recognize the importance of providing early intervention as these disorders lie on a spectrum and develop over time.
  4. Identify when to use assessment tools such as urine toxicology and NIDA screening in a therapeutic manner during the course of a patient’s treatment.


Michelle Knapp, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FIAAN

Director, Substance Use Sequence

Clinical Assistant Professor

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing