After several months of implementation strategy sessions the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation is proud to announce that Wellness at Your Fingertips, the 2014 Design Challenge winning submission, is now available for public use in the QCare Retail Clinic inside North Philadelphia’s Shoprite of Fox Street. Wellness at Your Fingertips is a tablet based screening tool used to identify signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Bi-Polar Disorder and Alcohol misuse. The integration of this tool into a retail clinic will mark the first time in the United States that a retail clinic has begun comprehensive screening for mental health conditions.
Where: ShopRite of Fox Street
2800 Fox Street Philadelphia PA 19129
When: Tuesday August 5, 2014 10-10:30am
Who: Dr. Arthur Evans, Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health
Joe Pyle, President, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
Donna Torrisi, Executive Director, Family Practice & Counseling Network
Candice Porter, Executive Director, Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
The specific tool that will be implemented is an evidence based screening tool designed by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) of Wellesley, Massachusetts and has been used over three million times since it’s development in 1991. SMH partnered with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) to create a version of this tool that is catered for Philadelphia residents by including local resources such as Crisis Response Centers, Inpatient and Outpatient Providers. To properly support the implementation of the screening tool and resources, SMH and DBHIDS have conducted intensive staff trainings for QCare and Shoprite personnel.
The Foundation has already begun the next critical step in this process by establishing key evaluation metrics that will help determine Wellness at Your Fingertips effectiveness in the community. The evaluation metrics are based off measures currently used by SMH which include, but are not limited to, demographics of the screener, number of screenings taken and how long (if at all) does it take to complete the screening. The Foundation is also building out the implementation process and cost breakdown for interested retail clinics and health clinics in and around Philadelphia. Lastly, the Foundation will continue to work with DBHIDS and SMH to build the second iteration of the Kiosk which could include e-mailed results, more detailed evaluation metrics and potentially an audio component for the visually impaired.
For questions/inquiries, please contact Scattergood President Joe Pyle (215) 817-8529 or firstname.lastname@example.org; DBHIDS Assistant Director of Communications Kim Rymsha (215) 685-5475 or Kimberly.email@example.com; Follow the Event on Twitter #checkupcheckout.
To take a screening, please visit: screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/qcareclinic
Gregory and Teresa would like to thank the following for their tireless work and dedication to seeing this project through:
Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
Joe Pyle, MA, President
Alyson Ferguson, MPH, Director of Grant-making
Tim Clement, MPH, Fellow on Stigma Reduction
Family Practice and Counseling Network
Donna Torissi, MSN, FAAN, Network Executive Director
Emily Nichols, MPH, Director of Operations
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
Michelle Holmberg, MA, Director of Programs
Sue Thorn, Director of Marketing and Communications
Candice Porter, MSW, LICSW, Chief Development Officer
Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health
Samantha Matlin, PhD, Special Advisor to the Commissioner for Policy Development & Research
Dana Careless, LPC, Clinical Operations Supervisor; Community Behavioral Health
Jennifer Sears, Director of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
David Monaco, Public Health Program Analyst; Mental Health First Aid
Jin David Kim, Director of Communications
Kimberly Rymsha, Assistant Director of Communications
Resources for Human Development
Rebecca Cashman, Corporate Program Coordinator: Health Care
Noelle St. Clair, Associate Director of Sustainable Food Systems
Jeff Brown, President and CEO