CE Credit

Behavioral Health: Screening and Intervention


Welcome to the training on Behavioral Health: Screening and Intervention provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.50 CE

Notes: For purposes of this module,

  • The term “serious emotional disturbance” (SED) is used to describe a range of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
  • The term “children” refers to children and adolescents ages birth through 20 years.
  • The term “parent” includes guardians and caregivers.
  • References and links mentioned in this module can be found in the Appendix of Resources.


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals to follow state requirements and best practices for psychosocial and behavioral health screening, diagnosis, and ongoing management in the primary care setting.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Specify risk factors and diagnostic criteria for common forms of serious emotional disturbance. 
  2. Apply the requirements of the Texas Health Steps Periodicity Schedule to conduct age-appropriate mental health screening for children and adolescents from birth through 20 years using approved tools. 
  3. Integrate age-appropriate anticipatory guidance and evidence-based prevention strategies into clinical practice. 
  4. Summarize the primary care provider’s role in coordinating care for children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders. ​​​​​

Please note this module expires on 6/21/2021.

This module was released on 6/21/2018.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

Texas Mental Health Programs and Services

The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained or adapted from Merriam-Webster and the Mayo Clinic.