Mental Health Screening Tools for Children and Youth provides a list of mental health screening tools available in the field for those who work with youth in a clinical or juvenile justice setting. The list is categorized identifies screens based on the following factors:

  • the behaviors and conditions the tool screens for
  • the age/grade of the person being screened
  • the length and format of the screen
  • if the tool is free
  • and if the tool is electronic or paper

These mental health screens can be used to identify youth with behavioral health conditions so that they can be possibly connected to treatment. There are a total of eight screening tools identified, and links to access each tool is provided within this document.

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) originally developed and maintained this resource. The NCYOJ was operated by Policy Research, Inc. and operated from 2001 to 2022 and was formerly known as the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The NCYOJ improved life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives.

This resource should be viewed as a reference document. It has not been updated since its publication. In addition, this document has not been made 508 compliant. If you would like a 508 compliant version of this document, please email

This resource was first shared in 2021.

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