NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales

The NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales are used to help diagnose and monitor ADHD symptoms in children aged 6-12. The scales include a parent version and a teacher version with both intended for completion. The initial assessment screens for symptoms that meet criteria for both inattentive and hyperactive ADHD, and also includes symptom screens for the following comorbidities: oppositional-defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and anxiety/depression. The follow-up scales assess the first 18 core ADHD symptoms but not the co-morbid symptoms. The Vanderbilt Scale is free for use and available in English and Spanish.

Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ)

The SMFQ is a child and parent self-report survey used to measure depressive symptoms in children and young adults aged 6-17. Several peer-reviewed studies have found the SMFQ to be a reliable and valid measure of depression in children. It is free for use and translations are available in multiple languages; however, there is not reliability or validity data for all of the translations.

Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)

The SCARED is a child and parent self-report instrument used to screen for childhood anxiety disorders including general anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social phobia. In addition, it assesses symptoms related to school phobia. The SCARED consists of 41 items and 5 factors that parallel the DSM-IV classification of anxiety disorders. It is free for use and available in other languages.

Pediatric Collaborative Care Implementation Guide

This guide is for multi-disciplinary, primary care teams seeking to improve care access and behavioral health outcomes for children and adolescents through implementing Collaborative Care. Centered around the core principles of Collaborative Care, this guide serves as a roadmap to healthcare leaders, managers, clinicians, and staff in primary care as they:

  • start a new Collaborative Care program, or
  • expand an existing integrated care or Collaborative Care program to pediatrics, and/or
  • partner with community and behavioral health agencies.

For training support and technical assistance implementing Pediatric Collaborative Care reach out to the AIMS Center at: Research has shown that clinics receiving implementation support from the AIMS Center have significantly better patient outcomes.