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Doctors are encouraged to offer mental health screening for teens

from Los Angeles Times

Screening teenagers for mental illness should become routine in doctor's offices nationwide, experts from nonprofit TeenScreen said. Under the federal health care reform legislation, mental health screening is listed as a free, preventive care service. However, many doctors may be reluctant to implement screening due to the time it takes, absence of reimbursement for the service or lack of knowledge on how to implement a screening program. more

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