What's Up? Wellness Check Ups
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 Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District. What's Up Wellness Checkups emotional health teen screenings are being offered at your high school beginning September 2016.
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?
These screens will be offered to all 10th grade students in the district but are open to any other students upon recommendation and parent consent. What's Up? will be screening beginning September 2016, and will be at your school one day a week. 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 one-time screening that can take between 15 - 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 case management services to ensure a successful treatment connection.
To have your student screened, read the information letter, fill out the consent form and hand it in to your school counselor or drop it off at the district office for the Student Services Department.