Webinar Recap: Assessing Mental Health in Under Six Minutes
Mental health assessments can be costly and time consuming. Too often, that prevents us from knowing the full extent of foster youths’ conditions and needs. To solve this problem, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the University of Chicago’s Departments of Medicine & Public Health Sciences, and the Center for State Child Welfare Data at Chapin Hall are field-testing computerized adaptive mental health tests (CAT-MH™) — a web-based assessment tool that can diagnose and report on the mental health of young people in the child welfare system in a matter of minutes.
In the Data Center’s latest webinar we discussed the use of the CAT-MH™ to understand the mental health needs of children in care. The webinar focused on:
- The use of adaptive testing in mental health and the development of the CAT-MH™.
- The use of the CAT-MH™ in a child welfare setting, including the linkage to mental health services for youth in detention, potential implications for policy and practice, and training and implementation examples.
- Preliminary results of the pilot study in Tennessee and the potential impact of linking the CAT-MH™ results to administrative data.
We encourage you to download the webinar slides, listen to the recording, and consider whether the CAT-MH™ could be of value to your system. If you think it might, reach out to Adaptive Testing Technologies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about CAT-MH™:
> Read the FAQ
> Download the webinar slides.
> Watch to the webinar recording that explains the CAT-MH™ and its applications in the field.
> Read our blogpost that explains the use of the CAT-MH™ to diagnose and report on behavioral health challenges facing foster youth.