What’s Up? Wellness Checkups Coming to Your School!
“We have routine screening for vision and hearing – why not for mental health?”
Sponsored by the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department and the Nevada Joint Union High School District Student Assistance Program (SAP), What’s Up? Wellness Checkups emotional health teen screenings are being offered at your high school beginning in February.
What is What’s Up?
What’s Up? Wellness Checkups is based on Columbia University's Teen Screen program which screens high school students for suicide risk, depression, substance abuse and other emotional health challenges. In such a critical time as adolescence, we hope to provide initial prevention and support to those students who need it.
How does it work in the schools?
In Spring 2014, parent consent packets were sent out to all 10th grade students in the district. In school year 2014-2015, all 9th grade students will receive a consent form in their enrollment packets. Screens are open to any other grade students upon recommendation and parent consent. There will be two screening staff: Shellee Ann Sepko, LMFT & Jen Rhi Winders, MSW.
What services does it provide?
The What’s Up? Wellness Checkup starts with a screen, which is a one-time meeting that can take between 15 to 45 minutes. It includes a computerized questionnaire and a follow-up interview with What’s Up?staff to provide support, and if needed, referrals for further help.
For those students whose screen indicates the need for further support, What’s Up? staff will notify parents and work to help families identify services that will best meet their teens needs. What’s Up? also will provide time limited casemanagement services to ensure a successful treatment connection.
How can I be sure my student gets screened?
Parent consent forms are required, and should have been received by all families of 10th graders in late January 2014, with downloadable versions available below. Incoming 9th graders families should have received a consent form in their enrollment packets this Spring, with screening to begin in Fall 2014. We encourage students to return consents to the front desk or their school counselor if they have not been mailed to their school or NJUHSD district office. We accept consents throughout the semester.
Can I get in touch with someone about the program?
For information on school assistance programs or finding more support for your teens, contact Lynn Cameron at 530.273.4431 ext. 2034.