Screening is the assessment of students to determine whether they may be at risk for a mental health concern. This can be accomplished with a systematic tool or process, including standardized student-report, parent-report, teacher-report measures, examining deidentified, aggregate mental health surveillance data, or a structured teacher nomination process. Screening is assessment in the absence of known risk factors to identify students who may benefit from Tier 2 or Tier 3 services and supports.
The Quality Guides provide guidance to help school mental health systems advance the quality of their services and supports. This guide contains background information on school mental health screening, best practices, possible action steps, examples from the field, and resources.
The purpose of this guide is to summarize the current state of research and practice related to universal Social, Emotional and Behavioral screening and provide practical recommendations.