You are here

Mental/Behavioral Health Screening

Mental/Behavioral Health Screening

With an increased focus on supporting student wellness, many schools are interested in screening students for mental and behavioral health concerns. Mental health screening is not a product, but rather a process for identifying students at risk of developing mental and behavioral health challenges (Twyford, J., Eklund, K., Chin, J. & Dowdy, E., March, 2010).

The goal of screening is to generate new and useful information so that students can be better served in interventions that prevent or mitigate mental health challenges and promote resiliency. Thoughtful selection and implementation of a screening measure is critical to meeting this goal.

Regardless of the chosen measure, all screening should be:

mental health screening sidebar

For more information on how to develop an effective screening process, please see the Mental Health Screening Resource Guide.


Under Title IV-A, Parents Right to Know, districts are required to get active parental/guardian consent for mental health assessment and services, including mental health screening. If your district purchased a screening using ESSA Title IV-A money, then you may be required to provide active consent. Additional information can be found on the Title V-A website:

Mental Health Screening Action Planning Checklist

The Mental Health Screening Action Planning Checklist is a form is intended to help school teams in planning and implementing a mental/behavioral health screening instrument and is a companion document to the Mental Health Screening Guide. We recognize that this is not an exhaustive checklist. Please feel free to add questions/columns as your team determines necessary. 

Looking for screening measures? A non-exhaustive list can be found on the Behavioral Screening Tools page.

For questions about this information, contact Tim Peerenboom (608) 266-1999