Science to Service
For decades, Columbia University has been at the forefront of new research on the effectiveness of mental health screening. In 2009, the strength of the evidence was recognized by an Institute of Medicine report calling for the early identification and prevention of mental illness in youth.
Soon after, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended annual depression screening for adolescents ages 12 to 18 when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis and follow-up.
The TeenScreen National Center is working with policymakers, administrators and health plans to develop best practices to implement these recommendations and guidelines.