What is Mental Health Screening?
We want all children and families to be resilient and emotionally healthy. Mental health screening helps ensure children with concerns have timely access to the support they need. We provide clinicians and care team members with virtual or onsite, no-cost training to integrate mental health screening within well-child care.
Mental health screening involves parent-clinician partnerships – an important concept in medical homes. Early screening helps identify if supports and interventions are needed, sooner rather than later.
During mental health screenings, parents or youth, if age appropriate, complete a questionnaire helping to identify risks for mental and behavioral concerns. The completed questionnaire is scored by clinic staff. Using the results, the clinician and family members can discuss the strengths and potential areas of need. Mental health screening is designed to open doors to supports and services that help children thrive.