Behavioral, Emotional, Social Traits (b.e.s.t.)
Many communities have identified behavioral health as a top health priority. Evidence shows that behavioral health is critical to many aspects of learning and development. This means early identification of behavioral health issues and accompanying intervention help school children thrive both in and beyond the classroom.
School-based behavioral health screening and intervention
School personnel play an important role in early intervention and prevention when they provide student support and connect students to effective services. Security Health Plan and the Center for Community Health Advancement at Marshfield Clinic Health System are proud to partner with b.e.s.t. universal screening and provide school districts with tools to promote the behavioral health and well-being of children in our communities.
How b.e.s.t. works
The b.e.s.t. universal screening platform provides a systematic method of quantifying behavioral observations to translate the principles of mental health wellness into practice. Educational professionals screen each student by using the b.e.s.t. tool. They then receive resources to help analyze behavior patterns, reinforce positive behavior in the classroom and schoolwide, and determine the next steps for students needing extra support.
The b.e.s.t. universal screening:
- reinforces positive behavioral health for typically developing children while helping educators implement universal, positive behavioral health practices for children who may be struggling
- provides interventions for children with elevated risk status
- develops focused interventions for children with targeted needs
- provides context for more efficient and effective problem-solving discussions
The screening tool has been used in school districts throughout Wisconsin and other states across the country, with over 220,000 completed screenings in the database. This database continues to grow with each screening window. Learn more about b.e.s.t. universal screening and try the software here.
b.e.s.t. grant for schools
Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan will pay for the implementation of b.e.s.t. for qualifying schools. Any school district within Security Health Plan’s service area is welcome to apply. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until capacity is reached. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted April 7 - April 30, 2021.
QuestionsIf you have any questions, please contact:
Laura Zelenak, MS
Health Educator, Center for Community Health Advancement
Marshfield Clinic Health System