Support for Screening
With research continuing to show the importance of early identification of mental illness, momentum for mental health screening is accelerating. Federal agencies and health policy, mental health organizations, physician and medical organizations, education and advocacy groups support mental health screening for youth. A growing number of state agencies have also made screening a priority, spearheading strategies with community advocates to incorporate screening into teen suicide prevention programs.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care. Its recommendations — considered the “gold standard” for clinical preventive services — now include mental health screenings for adolescents.
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council (IOM & NRC)
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies, which serve as the nation’s health advisors, recommend mental health screening for youth.
The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act
The first legislation to direct federal funds towards community youth suicide prevention programs provides funding for state and local screening programs.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and mental health services in the U.S. administers suicide prevention programs, including the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.
New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
In July 2003, President Bush’s non-partisan New Freedom Commission issued a report stressing the crucial role voluntary mental health screenings can play in the early detection of mental illness.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
This online registry, a service provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), offers information about mental health and substance abuse programs, including TeenScreen, that have been reviewed and rated by independent experts.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention (SPRC)
Developed by the SPRC and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, the national registry identifies, reviews and provides information about suicide prevention best practices, including evidence-based programs, expert and consensus statements and information about programs that meet criteria and safety standards.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/Suicide Prevention Action Network USA
American Mental Health Counselors Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Association of Behavioral Health and Wellness
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Campaign for Mental Health Reform – this organization of 16 national mental health organizations recently affirmed its support for the early detection of mental health problems in children and adolescents.
View the Campaign for Mental Health Reform’s full statement of support.
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services
Mental Health America
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - this national support and advocacy organization issued a supportive statement on the value of mental health screenings as an effective method of early identification of mental illness and suicide risk.
For a full version of NAMI’s statement of support, click here.
Read NAMI’s statement on Facts vs. Fiction in mental health screening.
NAMI’s Family Guide provides helpful information on teen depression.
Visit NAMI’s book store to order a free copy of their Family Guide or for additional resources.
National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
School Social Work Association of America
Tara National Association for Personality Disorders
Tourette Syndrome Association
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
Institute of Medicine
International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
National Association of School Nurses
National Institute for Health Care Management Research and Educational Foundation (NIHCM Foundation)
National Research Council
Society for Adolescent Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force