TELL-TALK-VENT is a set of 3 evidence-based, standardized risk screening tools for youth starting at age 8. These tools are used to support professionals in reducing the risks that contribute most to youth health and wellbeing.
4 Risk Categories
Mental Health questions cover depression, suicidality, anxiety, bullying, and discrimination
Substance Use questions ask about alcohol, binge drinking, nicotine & tobacco, marijuana, vaping, and misuse of prescription drugs
Sexual Health & Development questions cover body image, sexual activity, use of condoms/birth control, substance use prior to sex, sexting, and partner violence
Protective Factors include questions about adult support and positive peer relationships
After youth complete the screener, professionals are prompted with ACTion protocols for next steps.
And additionally guided to implement one or more evidence-based brief interventions that have been proven to be effective in reducing youth risk, including coaching strategies such as:
Licensing RAAPS content gives you access to all versions of RAAPS in both PDF and Word format. You also receive:
Organizations can review results of an individual youth over time by storing completed screenings in the EHR or patient file. EHR “alerts” can serve as a reminder for annual screening and risk coaching.
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.
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.
Marrying technology and science, Adolescent Counseling Technologies ( (ACT) acts as a virtual health educator, delivering behavioral health interventions specific to sexual health or nicotine and tobacco use. On a tablet, smartphone or other technology, teens respond to a set of questions that identify risk factors and receive interactive, tailored, evidence-based counseling for safer behaviors.
Adolescent Counseling Technologies for Sexual Health (ACT-SH) identifies sexual health risk behaviors resulting in high incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy, in addition to risk factors contributing to unsafe sexual decision making. Youth receive a greater understanding of their own sexual risk behaviors, potential outcomes, and an opening for discussing their sexual behaviors and experiences.
ACT-SH works with professionals to quickly meet sexual health screening requirements by providing standardized, evidence-based screening and risk counseling in just 7 minutes.
Adolescent Counseling Technologies for Nicotine and Tobacco (ACT-NT) identifies which nicotine products a youth is using, how often and why. Identifying what triggers nicotine usage (peer influence, stress, addiction) and what might motivate them to make a change is critical in providing a tailored, effective action plan to quit.
Developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), ACT-NT was created to provide an engaging platform for youth while ensuring quality, evidence-based cessation coaching that works with professionals—as a stand-alone tool or with professional discussion—optimizing their time to properly address nicotine and tobacco risk.
On a tablet, smartphone or other technology, teens respond to a set of questions that identify risk factors. Through the module, users participate in interactive, tailored, evidence-based counseling for safer sexual behaviors or decreased nicotine or tobacco use.
|Identified youth login and complete the ACT screening and tailored health education|
Youth responses create:
Text Messages for Youth