Behaviorial health kiosk debuts at retail-based health clinic in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, in conjunction with the Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, Screening for Mental Health and Family Practice and Counseling Network, are officially introducing on Aug. 5 the first Behavioral Health Screening Kiosk inside a retail-based health clinic in ShopRite in Philadelphia.

Developed through the 2014 Scattergood Design Challenge, the Behavioral Kiosk provides ShopRite and QCare Clinic customers with:

• An assessment of their mental health;

• Information on whether their mental health is consistent with a mental health disorder;

• An overview of the signs and symptoms of treatable mental health conditions; and

• Resources for quality treatment options including QCare staff.

The 2014 Scattergood Design Challenge began with Drexel University School of Public Health graduate students Gregory Caplan and Teresa Moore in July 2013, as part of their capstone Master’s project. After a collaborative agreement with FPCN to pilot the winning design, the two posed a question to a national audience that asked those interested to develop a desirable, impactful, viable and sustainable mental health component in a retail clinic. The aim of the project was to increase the awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health conditions by increasing access to quality care.  

The Behavioral Health Kiosk was submitted by DBHIDS and SMH of Wellesley Hills, Mass. SMH, founded in 1991, has had more than 3 million people use their evidence based screening tool, including 460,000 in 2013 alone. The DBHIDS’ initiative Healthy Minds Philly was the development of this SMH screening tool using local Philadelphia resource and referral information.

Scattergood and DBHIDS/SMH have now brought this online tool to its first ever point of service location, QCare, while helping to integrate mental health into a retail clinic setting. QCare is operated by FPCN.

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