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 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.
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 Perspective||Using the Assessment Tool: Trainer Perspective|
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).