The Rapid Adolescent Prevention Screening© (RAAPS) are standardized validated risk screening tools developed to support professionals in addressing the risk behaviors impacting health, well-being, and academic success in youth.


Short-Format. With only 21 questions, RAAPS can be completed in just 5 minutes.

Standardized. Standardization ensures that every youth is screened the same way every time – regardless of the experience or comfort-level of the individual administering the screening.

Tailored By Age. RAAPS is tailored for age-specific risks and language, with three distinct assessments available in English and Spanish: Older Child for ages 9-12, Standard for ages 13-18 and Young Adult for ages 19-24.

Addresses SDOH. RAAPS for Public Health (RAAPS-PH) builds on the core 21-question RAAPS assessment, with 11 additional questions capturing the prevalence of social and environmental conditions that threaten youths’ health, well-being and progress toward graduation.

Addresses Mental Health and Substance Use (SBIRT). RAAPS MHSU allows you to focus in on only the risks that impact the youth you work with most. With only 9 questions – identifying mental health and substance use risks along with protective factors, youth complete the screening in minutes, and professionals receive instant feedback on risks identified, brief intervention guidance, and teen friendly resources.

Validated and Proven Effective. RAAPS has been extensively tested and proven to be reliable and valid for use as a comprehensive risk screening tool and as a depression screening tool.

Continually Updated. RAAPS is updated biennially to incorporate the latest in evidence-based guidelines and changing trends in youth risks.

RAAPS helps you identify and reduce risks in 3 simple steps:

  1. Assessment: comprehensive screening tools tailored by age for the most relevant risks, reading level, and brain development.
  2. Discussion: health education based on behavior change methodology shown to be most effective at reducing youth risk.
  3. Results: real-time reporting to track everything from risk behaviors and outcomes at the individual level to risk trends and needs across an entire youth population.

RAAPS Content

Licensing RAAPS content gives you access to all versions of RAAPS in both PDF and Word format. You also receive:

  • Professional Support (Coaching Tips and our Out and Healthy LGBTQ Support Guide)
  • Youth Health Messages
  • Parent Resources
  • Office Resources (sample privacy/confidentiality statement, workflow guidance, and office posters)

Organizations can review results of an individual youth over time by storing completed assessments in the EHR or patient file. EHR “alerts” can serve as a reminder for annual screening and risk coaching.

RAAPS Technology

With the all-in-one cloud-based system, youth complete the screening on any device with internet access. Unique benefits include audio options to increase health literacy and an interface developed with youth-input to maximize engagement and honesty.

RAAPS technology also automatically provides tailored health education and recommended national resources to youth based on the risks identified. Top risks are highlighted in the “at-a-glance” dashboard enabling professionals to easily identify key topics for follow-up discussion. Integrated tools ensure quick referrals, electronic documentation and tracking for care coordination.

The RAAPS system automatically captures data over time at the individual and population level and is accessed through the easy to use, built-in reports to:

  • Enable targeted follow up, directed programming & services, and CQI projects
  • Make it easy to report on trends and outcomes over time

Interested in addressing social determinants of health (SDOH)? RAAPS-PH uncovers chronic exposure to social and environmental stressors (such as hunger, homelessness, teen pregnancy, and discrimination) that threaten healthy brain, cognitive, and social-emotional development.

"Organized in a way that is easy to review and counsel on risk behaviors. Online version allows for tracking to be used for future needs assessments and targeting adolescents for group discussions."

"I used to dread coming up with a way to discuss at risk behaviors. The RAAPS gives me a way to not only bring it up, but identify risky behaviors that warrant intervention."

"RAAPS makes discussing sensitive subjects less embarrassing for patients and staff. It also ensures that no risk areas are left un-assessed."

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