BHPC: Substance Use Disorders Case Study: Older Adult



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 older adult 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 knowledge of the risks of substance use in older, aging adult patients during assessment and treatment planning.
  2. Utilize assessment data in treatment planning such as using information related to a consumption pattern to discuss the most appropriate medication options.
  3. Utilize population-specific care for patients with substance use disorders. 


Michelle Knapp, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FIAAN

Director, Substance Use Sequence

Clinical Assistant Professor

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing