The screening tools and rating scales listed here can be used to help measure a child or adolescent’s symptoms, and/or measure treatment progress.
The BHIPP team is available to help PCPs utilize standardized behavioral health or substance use screening tools in their practices. For more information about administration and scoring, websites to the screening tool developers are also provided. Please remember:
General Screening Tools
Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)
The Pediatric Symptom Checklist is a brief psychosocial screen designed to facilitate the recognition of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems so that appropriate interventions can be initiated as early as possible. Two versions of the tool exist the parent-completed version (PSC) which can be used for children beginning at age 6 and the youth self-report (Y-PSC) which can be administered to adolescents ages 11 and up. Following positive screening results it is recommended that the child be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional.
For more information about the PSC or the Y-PSC and to download the tool:
This tool is used for information about symptoms and performance in different settings for children age 6-12 years old . It includes a 55 item parent form as well as a 43 item teacher form. The forms are free and require approximately 10 minutes to complete.
For more information and to download the VANDERBILT:
Self-Report for Childhood Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)
This tool screens children and adolescents age 8 and older for anxiety disorders, there is both a child and parent version of this tool and each takes about 5 minutes to complete. For children ages 8-11 It is recommended that the provider explain all questions, or have the child answer the questionnaire sitting with an adult in case they need help answering or understanding any items.
For more information and to download the SCARED:
M-CHAT: Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers
The M-CHAT is a validated screening tool designed for use with toddlers age 16 months - 30 months of age, to assess risk for of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The M-CHAT can be administered and scored as part of a well-child check-up. The tool can also be used by specialists or other professionals to assess risk for ASD. The M-CHAT can be scored in less than two minutes.
For more information about screening for autism and to download the MCHAT and scoring instructions (available in multiple languages):
CES-DC: The Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children
The CES-DC is a 20-item self-report depression inventory with possible scores ranging from 0 to 60, higher scores indicate increased levels of possible depression. The tool is a one-page questionnaire for use with patients ages 8-17. The patient fills out the brief tool, which takes only a few minutes to complete and a brief time for the provider to score.
For more information and to download the CES-DC:
PHQ-9: Patient Health Questionnaire 9 Depression Screening Tool
The tool is a one-page questionnaire. The patient fills out the brief tool, which takes only a few minutes to complete and a brief time for the provider to score. This tool is free and available online, and is available in several languages.
For more information and to download the PHQ-9:
The CRAFFT is a 6 question screening tool developed to screen adolescents for high risk alcohol and other drug use disorders simultaneously, it is designed to assess whether a more in depth assessment around alcohol or other drug use is warranted. The CRAFFT is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Substance Abuse for use with adolescents.
For more information about the CRAFFT and to download the tool:
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