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Assessing the Needs of Children
Resources to assist professionals in assessing the mental health needs of children.
AACAP/CWLA Policy Statement on Mental Health and Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Screening and Assessment of Children in Foster Care
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2003)
Outlines recommended procedures for providing substance abuse screening and mental health treatment to children in foster care.
Assessing Children's Mental Health: Validity Across Cultural Groups
Portland State University Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health (2006)
Examines the equivalence of the Behavior Problem Index across a sample of African-American, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic White children drawn from the 1998 mother-child data file of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.
Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign
National Mental Health Information Center
Helps families, educators, health care providers, and young people recognize mental health problems and to seek or recommend appropriate services.
Children's Mental Health Resource Kit
Children's Defense Fund (2003)
Contains a number of fact sheets that address strategies for promoting access for children to mental health screens and assessments.
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations (PDF - 2970 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011)
Addresses approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk youths in settings that serve a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population.
Mental Health Screening Tool (MHST): 5 Years to Adult - Foster Care Mental Health Screening Tool (PDF - 48 KB)
California Institute for Mental Health
Provides a brief tool intended for non-mental health professionals screening children and youth ages 5 and up who are being considered for out-of-home placement.