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A project within the Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health 
Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network

Project Overview

Practice-level change is crucial to improving the assessment and care of mental health issues in primary care. Therefore, NIPN is implementing a primary care-focused QI intervention to strengthen office systems for screening youth for depression and addressing positive screens. Participants in the project will receive training in QI methodology and implement strategies to increase depression screening rates and improve follow-up planning and implementation. Practices will complete surveys and submit baseline and monthly data to track their progress and work towards achieving improved depression screening rates. The NIPN QI team will provide resources and expertise through monthly Learning Collaborative webinars and ongoing support.

Project Aim

Clinical partners participating in the project will achieve an 80% screening rate among 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

  • Goal 1: To strengthen strong provider use of validated tools to provide universal depression screening for youth ages 12-25.
  • Goal 2: To support participating practices’ implementation of strategies to improve their office systems for managing depression screening and follow-up planning for youth.
  • Goal 3: To support the practice team in identifying office systems areas for improvement, planning and implementing changes, and studying changes made using the Plan/Do/Study/Act (PDSA) model of rapid-cycle improvement.


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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