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.

Pediatric Mental Health Screening Tools Training

Based on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Mental Health Toolkit and the AAP policy statement on behavioral health integration into pediatric primary care, this educational opportunity is designed to support primary care clinicians in behavioral health provision.

This one-hour module reviews literature and AAP recommendations on pediatric mental health screening. Participants learn about mental health screening tools and local resources. Attendees receive copies of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional – Second Edition and the Pediatric Symptom Checklist-17. This activity is designated for up to 1.0 hour AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and 1.0 hour of participation for allied health professionals.

To schedule a virtual or onsite training, please contact Morgan Conti.

Clinician Resource

Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Consultation Program

Are you a medical care provider in Wisconsin? The Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (WI CPCP) offers free, quick-response consultation, education and resource coordination to primary care providers who care for pediatric patients with mild-to-moderate mental health concerns. Visit the WI CPCP website to indicate your interest in becoming an enrolled provider.

The Pediatrician’s Guide to Community Resources in Wisconsin

Looking for community resources for children and their families? This guidebook, created in partnership with the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, includes contributions from 2-1-1 Wisconsin, Birth to 3, Wisconsin Regional Centers for CYSHCN, Head Start, Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Minority Health Program, Family Foundations Home Visiting, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Well Badger Resource Center and WIC.

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Morgan Conti
Program Manager
(414) 337-4566

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