Clinical Arm Overview

NIPN’s primary care-focused QI intervention will strengthen office systems for screening youth for depression and addressing positive screens. The collaborative, “Addressing Adolescent and Young Adult Depression in Primary Care” will train clinicians to identify and address depression in youth and start first level treatments. 

Participants in the project will apply QI methodology and training content to increase depression screening rates and improve management of depression in their setting. Practices will complete surveys and submit baseline and monthly data to track their progress and work towards achieving 80% depression screening rates. 

The NIPN QI team will provide resources and expertise through monthly training webinars, QI coaching, implementation office hours, and additional support as needed.

Project Objectives

  • To achieve an 80% rate of depression screening in youth ages 12-25 years.
  • Eighty percent of youth with a positive depression screen will have a documented follow-up plan.

Project Goals

  • Increase provider use of validated tools to offer universal depression screening for youth ages 12-25.
  • Increase participating practices’ implementation of strategies to improve their office systems for managing depression screening and follow-up planning for youth.
  • Increase identification of office systems areas for potential improvement, planning, implementation, and evaluation changes.

You can download the AYA-BH QI Project Practice Overview Cohort 2 for a summary of the project.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (under #U45MC27709, Adolescent and Young Adult Health Capacity Building Program). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.