236575 Putting the Public Health into Mental Health: Screening Children and Adolescents

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:30 AM

Lisa Rubenstein, MHA , Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD
Eric Lulow , Youth Involvement Associate, National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Rockville, MD
Peter Jensen, MD , The REACH Institute, New York City, NY
This panel will present approaches for early identification of children and adolescents at high risk of developing mental health and substance use problems. Principles developed by a federal cross-agency workgroup addressing appropriate screening will be shared. Appropriate screening tools and effective strategies for partnerships and implementation will be discussed. A new publication entitled “Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: Guide for Child-Serving Organizations” will be presented. The presentation will include perspectives on early identification implementation from a federal project officer from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one of the authors of the guide, and a youth who has experienced the child welfare system. The SAMHSA project officer will provide information on the need for prevention and early identification and how to form partnerships to address this need. The author will discuss the general process of setting goals for the identification of children and adolescents at high risk, planning and implementing identification activities, and finding and using community assessment and treatment resources for identified children. The youth will discuss his experience with the early identification process. Participants will be provided with a model for early identification, tools they can use, and sample forms for parental consent. Overall, early identification will be discussed in the context of diverse cultures and child-serving settings, including the following settings; primary care, schools and out-of-school programs, early care and education, child welfare, juvenile justice, shelters, and mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1. List approaches child-serving programs can take to identify youth at high risk for mental health problems. 2. Describe strategies to effectively partner with providers and caregivers to implement early identification. 3. Identify groups with known risk factors. 4. Discuss appropriate mental health screening tools.

Keywords: Screening, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the government project officer for the guide this presentation is based on. The guide's name is Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.