School-Based Behavioral Health Screening Initiative
In January 2014, Attorney General Jack Conway announced legal settlements with two pharmaceutical companies totaling $32 million.
The funds have been used to expand substance use treatment throughout the commonwealth, including $1 million for the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) to implement school-based screening in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to intervene with students facing behavioral health challenges.
The overall goal of the School-Based Behavioral Health Screening Initiative is to help schools recognize when a student might be showing signs of a behavioral health need; respond to that student appropriately; refer the student to a designated trained, school-based screener for screening; and then, based on identified need, refer the student for services, supports or further assessment, when appropriate.
Districts implementing the School-Based Behavioral Health Screening Initiative receive training, technical assistance and support in identifying participating schools (typically middle and high), identifying staff to be trained on the screening tool, and on identifying, screening and referring students to services.
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