- March 24, 2021
- Jennifer Salerno
One year ago, COVID-19 shut down most of the world and brought public health to center stage. And even now as we start to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel, we’re only now beginning to see the full physical, mental, and social effects of the pandemic. For organizations supporting youth, the hardest work has just begun. .
According to a recent study, 56% of students report that their stress about school has increased since the pandemic began, and 32% of students report mental health as a major source of stress versus 26% pre-pandemic. The stark reality of how the pandemic has impacted mental health, especially in youth, shows how risk screening is more important than ever.
The Rapid Adolescent Prevention Screening© (RAAPS) is a standardized youth risk screening and health education solution developed to support professionals in reducing the risk factors impacting the health, well-being, and academic success of youth 9-24 years. Here are 5 fast facts you might not know about RAAPS:
- RAAPS is validated as a time-efficient and effective, comprehensive risk and depression screening solution – with integrated risk-reduction education and support tailored to each individual youth.
- RAAPS is recognized by leading authorities including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), National School Based Health Alliance (SBHA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA).
- Nearly 50,000 youth are screened with RAAPS every year in schools, medical practices, school-based health centers and community-based organizations across the country, and 98% of professionals using RAAPS recommend it to others.
- With only 21 questions, RAAPS can be completed in just 5 minutes.
- RAAPS is billable. If you are a medical practice or school-based health center, the use of a validated tool enables your organization to submit their risk screening services for insurance reimbursement using health risk appraisal codes such as 96127 or 96160.
With schools and businesses continuing to reopen across the country, RAAPS can be there to help ensure you’re connecting with the youth in your community who need extra support, both in the wake of the pandemic and into the future. Schedule a call with us today to learn more.