The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering published a report recommending that the federal government should make preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and promoting mental health in young people a national priority.
There is a chapter of the report that addresses mental health screening as a means of prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in youth. The top-line recommendations are:
- Identification of risk must be tied to effective intervention.
- Primary care settings, schools and communities are important settings for screening.
- Validated screening tools should be used; sensitivity to culture is highlighted.
- Guidelines must be agreed to for referrals; screening must avoid labeling.
- Targeting high risk youth (foster care, juvenile justice, youth with depressed parents) is good public health practice.
- A national research plan on prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in youth should be developed and funded to learn how to implement evidence-based screening and prevention in real world community settings.
Read the TeenScreen National Center’s press release about this report.
Access materials from a Webinar hosted by the TeenScreen National Center about the IOM/NRC report.
Read the IOM/NRC report online.