BHIPP Bulletin

Volume 9, Issue 11

May 2024

Mental Health Awareness Month

This month's BHIPP Bulletin is a contribution from Lily Stavisky, BA, BHIPP Outreach & Training Coordinator.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, BHIPP has compiled a list of standardized mental health screening tools for use in the pediatric primary care setting.

Mental Health Awareness Month was established to promote awareness, provide resources and education, reduce stigma, and advocate for the mental health and well-being of everyone. Mental health is a vital part of children's overall health and development. In the United States, nearly 20% of children and adolescents ages 3-17 have a mental, emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorder (National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, 2022). Pediatric primary care providers are uniquely positioned to play a central role in promoting healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development. Providers can support their pediatric patients by integrating promotion and prevention efforts into their practice. Screening is a crucial component of effective preventative mental health care. Providers can implement screening into their everyday practice to assist in early identification of mental health concerns and connecting families to evidence-based mental health treatment to promote optimal development and well-being in youth. Listed below are validated and reliable screening tools that can be used to help screen children and adolescents for mental health concerns and monitor treatment progress. The BHIPP team is available to consult with primary care providers regarding the use of standardized mental health or substance use screening tools in their practice. All of these screening tools are housed on the BHIPP website (Screening Resources).



Adverse Childhood Experiences:

Center for Youth Wellness Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaires (ACE-Q)

The Pediatric ACEs and Related Life Events Screener (PEARLS)


Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7)

Preschool Anxiety Scale

Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS)

Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED)


Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised, With Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F)


The Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children (CES-DC)

Patient Health Questionnaire 9 Depression Screening Tool (PHQ-9)

Preschool Feelings Checklist

General Screening Tools:

Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

The Survey of Well-being of Young Children (SWYC)

Parental Well-Being:

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)

Pediatric Intake Form

Perinatal Anxiety Screening Scale (PASS)

Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5)


BEARS Sleep Screening Tool

Social Determinants of Health:

Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK)


Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patient Assests, Risks and Experiences (PRAPARE)

Substance Use:


Screening to Brief Intervention (S2BI)

Suicide Risk Assessment:

Ask Suicide-Screening Questionnaire (ASQ)

Traumatic Stress:

Child Stress Disorders Checklist - Short Form (CSDC-SF)

Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire (CTSQ)

As always, if you have questions about the behavioral health needs of your patients, we encourage you to call the BHIPP consultation line at 

855-MD-BHIPP (632-4477), open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, for resource/referral networking or consultation support.

We will keep you informed about all our services and training events through our website ( and monthly e-newsletters. Additionally, BHIPP is on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. We invite you to follow us there to stay up-to-date on upcoming training events, pediatric mental health research, and resources for providers, families and children.

BHIPP Announcements

Register for the BHIPP ECHO Core Foundations Series!

Register for the BHIPP ECHO Core Foundations series! The next session will be held on June 5th from 8:00-9:00am. Join our multidisciplinary team of child behavioral health experts on the first Wednesday of every month between November 2023 and June 2024 for virtual case-based learning and didactic presentations. This series is great for providers who want to improve their knowledge of child mental health and develop foundational skills. Free CME and CEU credit is available for participation.

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Register for the upcoming BHIPP Mental Health Crisis Training!

Register for an upcoming BHIPP Mental Health Crisis Training on June 12th at 12:00pm! In response to the increase in mental health crises among children and adolescents, BHIPP has expanded its services and training opportunities. BHIPP Mental Health Crisis Trainings are a series of interactive, virtual learning sessions on practices, strategies, and resources to support emergency medicine and primary care professionals in addressing pediatric mental health crises. Free CME and CEU credit is available for participation.

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