Free Emotional Wellness Screening for AASD Freshmen
Posted on 07/13/2016
During this upcoming 2016-17 school year, every 9th grader within the Appleton Area School District will have the opportunity to participate in the Connected Community Wellness Screen (CCWS) program, an emotional wellness check-up.  

Information and consent forms for the screening program are mailed to parents prior to the start of school, or their student will be bringing their consent forms home from presentations held in class.

You may also find information and consent forms during your registration session. Program staff will also be providing education to students about the importance of emotional wellness and the opportunity to participate in screening. 

What is Connected Community Wellness Screen?

Connected Community Wellness Screen is an emotional wellness screening program for youth, which uses an evidenced based public domain screening tool called the Pediatric Symptom Checklist-Youth Self-Report (PSC-Y), which is also endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  The PSC-Y is a free, confidential and voluntary mental health checkup for teens.  Early detection of and intervention in emotional wellness concerns, as well as getting connected with mental health services, can save lives.
 
How does it work?

First parents provide consent for the screening. Then the teens themselves agree to participate in the two-step screening process:  

1.Teens complete a 10 minute computerized questionnaire exploring vision, hearing and dental problems, symptoms of depression and anxiety, suicidal thinking and behavior, attentional problems, disruptive behavior, and use of drugs and alcohol.

2.Teens meet with a member of the Wellness Screen staff to discuss the screening process. When a screen indicates concern, parents are notified and assisted in connecting with a community resource for further evaluation.

For more information, please contact Jen Parsons, the Program Coordinator of Connected Community Wellness Screen, at 920-886-9319 ext. 109, or visit our website to view our parent power point and list of partners.
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