AYA-BH CoIIN Public Health Arm


For the duration of this project, state public health teams will convene an inter-disciplinary group of key stakeholders to identify and address systemic barriers related to the project aim. Areas of focus include education (e.g., stigma reduction, peer education, promotion of available community resources, etc.), prevention (addressing upstream influencers of mental health such as bullying, interpersonal violence, etc.), access (ensuring young people can seek mental health care when, where, and how they want it), and policy (related to accessing and providing mental health treatment, e.g. reimbursement policies, expanding the mental health provider workforce, etc.).  See the Key Driver Diagram for an illustration of the focus areas.

Project Objective

Achieve an 80% screening rate of patients ages 12-25 for a major depressive episode using an age-appropriate standardized tool with documentation of a follow-up plan if the screen is positive.

Project Goals

  • Improve state- and systems-level policies and practices related to adolescent & young adult mental health.
  • Implement policies and practices to support the integration of behavioral health into primary care.
  • Increase state MCH capacity to address adolescent and young adult mental health.


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.