Teen Screen Fact Sheet

  • Are the TeenScreen results confidential?
    Yes, screening is confidential. In order to protect your child’s privacy, his/her screening results and related files will be stored separately from his/her academic records. Teachers will not be involved in the screening procedure. If program staff believes that your child is in some danger or is a danger to others, they are mandated by law to take action and notify appropriate personnel and/or necessary authorities.

    What information will be shared with my child following the screen?
    Teens whose answers to the screening questionnaire reveal potential concerns about their emotional well-being, will meet privately with a counselor. The purpose of this meeting is to further explore symptoms that came to light through the questionnaire and to find out if these symptoms are causing any significant difficulties in the teen’s life.

    What if I provide consent but my child doesn’t want to participate?
    Because we believe screening should be completely voluntary, your child may refuse to participate or refuse to answer any questions during the screening. We will notify parents if this occurs.

    Does TeenScreen recommend treatment?
    TeenScreen and staff do not make any treatment recommendations. All possible treatment decisions are made by families in close consultation with a health professional of your choice after the completion of the TeenScreen. Treatment recommendations are beyond the scope of TeenScreen.

    How accurate is the screening questionnaire?
    The screening questionnaire was developed by Columbia University and research has concluded that it is effective in identifying youth with possible emotional problems. However, the questionnaire results are not a medical diagnosis. Medical diagnoses are beyond the scope of the TeenScreen program.

    Can I see the questionnaire?
    You are not able to view each specific question due to copyright issues. However, we have attached some sample questions from the mental health screening. Once your child has completed the test, you are able to review your child’s summary report.

    TeenScreen is a screening program based on self-report by students to detect dangerous levels of depression among youth, as well as other warning signs and risk factors that can lead to suicide (e.g. anxiety, ADHD, post-traumatic stress). The following questions are samples of questions that your child will be asked:

    1. Are you the kind of person who is often very tense, or who finds it very hard to relax?
    2. These questions are about upsetting things that sometimes happen to people. Have you ever been in a natural disaster where you thought you were going to die or be seriously injured…like a flood…or a tornado…or an earthquake…or a hurricane?
    3. In the last three months…has there been a time when nothing was fun for you and you just weren’t interested in anything?
    4. In the last three months…have you often felt like you should check on things over and over again? For example, checking that the front door is locked…or the stove is turned off…or that something else was done even though you knew it had been done?

    Where does TeenScreen get its support?
    The program is supported by foundations and local communities. It is operated as a nonprofit public service and accepts individual donations to help provide free screening services to local communities. The program receives no funding from pharmaceutical companies.

2018 Teen Screen Dates

  • CMS North (Grade 7): Oct. 16-17
    CHS9: Oct. 24-25
    CMS East (Grade 7): Nov. 5-6
    NTH@C (Grades 9 & 11): Nov. 7-8
    CMS West (Grade 7): Nov. 13-14
    CHS (Grade 11): Nov. 27-28