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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some promising strategies I can use to increase the number of SBHC clients who receive an annual risk assessment?

  • Conduct a risk assessment at every new patient visit then annually thereafter.
  • Deliver a risk assessment in conjunction with other SBHC visits, including but not limited to the well-child visit.
  • Identify SBHC clients who have had a documented WCV in the past 12 months but don’t have any risk assessment documentation. Schedule risk assessments with those clients.
  • If your SBHC has the ability to conduct the necessary follow-up, work with your school administrators to complete risk assessments of all students.
  • Collaborate with a network of mental health providers to complete screening and follow-up, especially if the number of students with needs exceeds your available staff resources.
  • When screening for risk behaviors, use an electronic tool such as a tablet or computer so both the medical and behavioral health providers can access the results of the screen.

2. What risk assessment tool should I use?

3. If a risk assessment is part of well-child visit (WCV), how can I separate it in order to report it?

  • If your comprehensive WCV already includes a risk assessment, you can count those visits toward the number of students with a risk screen.
  • You can also create a discrete field in your EHR to note that a risk assessment was completed as a separate service from the WCV.