Webinar: Prioritizing Suicide Prevention and Mental Health in Medical, Educational and Child Welfare Settings

March 15, 2014

A growing national conversation focuses on screening for mental illness and behavioral distress in routine clinical settings such as Primary Care, Emergency Rooms, Schools, and Child Welfare. These systems work with many youth facing challenges but may not have consistent and reliable procedures to help identify, assess, and refer them to services. Challenges and barriers to screening in these settings occur at the patient, provider and systems level, but solutions to these challenges are emerging. This webinar will enumerate these challenges and provide examples of how specific behavioral health screening instruments and processes can be incorporated into routine work flow. As a case study, we will present the development and implementation of the Behavioral Health Screen (BHS), a validated, web-based instrument that covers a range of behavioral health domains. After reviewing this tool, three clinicians will talk about their front line experiences with the BHS in their clinical settings, after which open discussion with webinar participants will be encouraged.

Sherry Peters, MSW, ACSW
Director of PRTF Waiver Initiative
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Guy S. Diamond, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Drexel University
 of the Couple and Family Therapy Doctoral Program 
Philadelphia, PA

Matt Briner
Director of Clinical Products
Medical Decision Logic, Inc. (mdlogix)
Baltimore, Maryland

Allen Y. Tien, MD, MHS
President and Director of Applied Research
Medical Decision Logic, Inc.
Baltimore, MD

Jodi Houlon, LSW, MPH
Social Worker
CHOP Care Network, Chestnut Hill
Philadelphia, PA

Sharon L. Hunter MSN CRNP AE-C
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
CHOP Care Network Chestnut Hill
Philadelphia, PA

Ivan Haskell, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Director of Social and Psychological Services
Mastery Charter Schools
Philadelphia, PA

Joel A. Fein M.D., M.P.H.
Attending Physician and Director of Health Policy and Advocacy, Emergency Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, The Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania
Co-director, The CHOP Violence Prevention Initiative
Emergency Department Offices– CTRB, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA

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