Mental Health/Substance Use Care: Clinic/Health Center Readiness Assessment

Adapted by the AETC Mental Health Committee in 2014-2015.

This tool guides clinic staff through the range of recommended capacities to consider when implementing mental health/substance use care strategies in a clinic or health center. It may be completed individually by each member of a clinic team or collectively as a group to assist the team in providing best practice mental health/substance use care for persons living with HIV in your program. Since every clinic and every patient population is different, there is no single way to be a best-practice. Providing best-practice is an ongoing process of evaluation, implementation, and re-evaluation.

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Assessment Tool

Clinics assess their readiness in the following areas:

  • Staff/Clinical Team Readiness
  • Patient Screening Readiness
  • Capacity Readiness
  • Community Readiness
  • Support Readiness
  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Readiness

The results will help them in development a plan to develop staff and program capacity to provide integrated services. See also the resource listings for each of the assessment tool categories.

Using the Assessment Tool: Clinic PerspectiveUsing the Assessment Tool: Trainer Perspective
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The flowchart above gives an overview of a way clinics/health centers can use the AETC Program Mental Health/Substance Use Care Readiness Assessment tool. Because of differences between HIV care programs and target population(s), use of the assessment tool will allow for individualized integration of evidence-based mental health and substance use care among primary HIV care providing teams. You can follow the steps independently with your clinic/health center staff and/or you can contact your local AETC to request that a trainer help with the process.

The flowchart above gives an overview of a way trainers can use the AETC Program Mental Health/Substance Use Care Readiness Assessment Toolkit. The steps for using the toolkit will vary according to clinic/health center resources and target population(s).