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ERIC Number: EJ944419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0890-8567
Mental Health Screening and Follow-up Care in Public High Schools
Husky, Mathilde M.; Sheridan, Marian; McGuire, Leslie; Olfson, Mark
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, v50 n9 p881-891 Sep 2011
Objective: Despite increased interest in screening adolescents for mental health problems and suicide risk, little is known regarding the extent to which youth are identified and connected with appropriate services. Method: Between 2005 and 2009, a total of 4,509 ninth-grade students were offered screening. We reviewed the records of the 2,488 students who were screened. Students identified as being at risk were provided with a referral. Data were collected on screening results, mental health referrals, and completion of recommended treatment over approximately 90 days. Results: Among students screened, 19.6% were identified as being at risk, 73.6% of whom were not currently receiving any treatment. Students referred for school services tended to be less severely ill than those referred for community services, with lower rates of suicidal ideation, prior suicide attempts, and self-injury. Among at-risk students not currently in treatment, 76.3% of students referred received at least one mental health visit during the follow-up period. Overall, 74.0% of students were referred to school and 57.3% to community services. A great majority of school referrals (80.2%) successfully accessed services, although a smaller proportion of community services referrals successfully accessed treatment (41.9%). Conclusions: Systematic voluntary school-based mental health screening and referral offers a feasible means of identifying and connecting high-risk adolescents to school- and community-based mental health services, although linkages to community-based services may require considerable coordination. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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