Initiative Description: Systematic voluntary school-based mental health screening and referral. All students, including those who score negative on the CHS, participated in an individual debriefing with a counselor. Students who scored positive were administered a second-stage clinical interview using the Post-Screening Structured Interview (PSSI). If a child was determined to be in need of mental health referral after the clinical interview, a referral was provided
Study Results: Increased successful mental health refferals and treatment access opportunities for at-risk youth.
Reference: Husky, M.M., Kaplan, A., McGuire, L., Flynn, L., Chrostowski, C., Olfson. M. (2011). Identifying adolescents at risk through voluntary school-based mental health screening. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 505-511
Level of Evidence: Very Good