Aggregate Statewide Screening 2010-2020: Key Factors
Over the past 10 years, we have implemented screening through BH-Works in hospitals, primary care offices, schools, and other settings. The aggregate data from this work provides key information to PA stakeholders involved in resources allocation, program development, and policy decisions.
SAP Screening Trends 2014-2019
Through our last GLS grant, we offered BH-Works to providers in the PA Student Assistance Program (SAP), where it is currently in use by SAP agencies in 47 counties. Use of BH-Works has increased identification of youth at risk for suicide in this population from 8% to 33% and has offered us a way to measure behavioral health across demographics, regions, and shared risk factors.
BHS Child Version (ages 6-14) Validation Efforts
After using the Behavioral Health Screen (ages 12-24) in various school and medical settings, we received a large amount of requests for a tool designed for younger children. Many clinicians reported seeing problems like anxiety and depression in elementary school children, and they were in need of a comprehensive screen with age appropriate questions.
Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) State Suicide Prevention Project 2014-2019
This project titled "Suicide Prevention in Pennsylvania Schools and Colleges Initiative” focused on student populations. Key strategies included gatekeeper training, suicide risk management training, standardized screening, and training in empirically supported treatments. A major component of this project was leveraging the Student Assistance Program (SAP) to achieve project goals.
Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) State Suicide Prevention Project 2008-2011
This project, titled "Preventing Youth Suicide in Primary Care," focused on implementation of an early identification system within primary care medical settings in three Pennsylvania counties (Lackawanna, Luzerne, Schuylkill) with high rates of adolescent suicide.