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” broadly refers to children and adolescents ages birth through 20 years. The term “child” specifically applies to ages birth through 10 years and “youth” applies to ages 11 through 20 years, which is consistent with the Texas Health Steps Periodicity Schedule.
  • The term “parent” includes guardians and caregivers.

Goal

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 ages 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 3/16/2024.

This module was released on 3/16/2021.

Accreditation Statement

Disclosures

Browser Requirements

  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Designed for families with low incomes who lack access to health insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid.
  • Early Childhood Services (ECI): Diagnosis of a disability or developmental delay, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), qualifies a child for ECI services through age 35 months. ECI Information for Health & Medical Professionals, including referral form.
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA): Learn more about training and class availability from Texas local mental health authorities (LMHAs) and local behavioral health authorities (LBHAs). MHFA is a public health course for families and others that covers common risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance misuse problems, including depression, anxiety and eating disorders. MHFA Youth is available for those who work with youth and tMHFA (Teen MHFA) is available for those who work with adolescents. There are in-person courses, all-virtual courses and blended courses (half in-person and half online) available.
  • Stop Bullying Program: A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Texas Council of Community Centers: Community mental health services for adults and children is administered through 39 local mental health authorities (LMHAs) and local behavioral health authorities (LBHAs) throughout the state. The Texas Council represents and promotes the 39 community mental health centers.
  • Texas Education Agency (TEA): In Texas, school district Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) provide special education and related services for eligible children ages 3 through 5 years with disabilities. Eligible children may receive PPCD services in a variety of places.
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC): Plays a major role in the funding and oversight of publicly funded mental health care, including coverage for mental health services for children through Medicaid and CHIP.

Texas Health Steps:

The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained or adapted from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Merriam-Webster and the Mayo Clinic.