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Screening Tools

Used appropriately as part of a broader assessment, screening tools give clinicians a common language and objective metric. They provide a consistent approach to testing for the presence or absence of a disorder and help patients receive effective treatment.

We've collected some of the more commonly used public-domain screening tools. These self-reports are sensitive and research supported. The generic measures cover a broad range of psychiatric or substance use orders while specific measures target a particular disorder.

Click on the links below to download the screening tools as PDFs. Be sure to download the Guide for Using the Screening Measures.

Generic measures Specific measures

Modified Mini Screen
(MMS) — A self-report measure that rapidly assesses for present mood, anxiety, and psychotic-spectrum disorders

Mental Health Screening Form III
(MHSF III) — A self-report measure that covers a range of disorders

CAGE Adapted to Include Drugs
(CAGE-AID) — A sensitive screen for alcohol and drug problems

Simple Screening Instrument
for Alcohol and Other Drugs

(SSI-AOD) — A screen that is more specific than the CAGE-AID

Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale
(CES-D) — A twenty-item questionnaire about depressive symptoms

PTSD Checklist
(PCL) — A checklist for assessing symptoms resulting from a traumatic event

Social Interaction Anxiety Scale
(SIAS) — A self-report measure in which respondents rate their distress about specific social interactions

 
Clinicians' Guide
to Assessing Clients
The Co-occurring Disorders Program helps treatment programs implement effective, integrated services for people with non-severe mental health disorders that co-occur with substance use disorders.

Screening & AssessmentOne of the components, Screening and Assessment, helps clinicians evaluate patients so that appropriate treatment options can be addressed. Learn more

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