The Teen Screen program is a national program, originally funded by Columbia but offered at no-cost to qualified programs. All the programs in the U.S. have now been transferred to Stanford University for administration, including evaluation. Shellee thinks there are about 10 programs nationally and only one other program in California, in Marin. Stanford is in the process of developing a web-based application for data collection and reporting. This new system will most likely be implemented in spring 2017.
Identify through a screening process a broad range of issues that teens experience that create challenges for them in school and in their lives. This includes mental health issues such as depression, and also includes a suicide risk assessment. The goal is to provide support and referrals to help them deal with mental health challenges.
Once a student comes to the program, they are informed of confidentiality parameters and voluntarily assent. They are screened on a computer then given an in-person interview. If a student screens positive and shows a need for further evaluation, he/she receives a referral to support in the form of mental health support, group support, or other resources as needed. nt.
The teen screen is run through 9th grade health classes at North Tahoe and Truckee High Schools. The program makes initial contact with the parents of these students through teachers as part of the class curriculum, seeking permission to screen their teen as part of their in-class learning. Students can also be screened if he or she self-refers or is referred by someone in the school with parent consent. The screening takes place at the Wellness Centers or other available spaces on campus.