Clinic Plus Program

Free, voluntary, and confidential social-emotional health screening for children ages three and older

The Clinic Plus Program offers free, voluntary, and confidential social-emotional health screening for children ages three and older in order to promote early identification of the strengths and difficulties that children in Broome County may be experiencing. Emotional health issues can affect how well a child does in school, family relationships, and the ability to make friends.

The Clinic Plus Program uses the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), a research-based screening instrument that focuses on five distinct areas of a child’s emotional well-being. The five focus areas are: emotional symptoms, conduct, hyperactivity, peer relations, and prosocial behavior. The SDQ is distributed through participating school districts and early childhood education programs for students aged three through fourteen (or grade 8). Parent packets include a program information sheet, letter from the School Superintendent or Program Director, consent form and SDQ form, and a return envelope. Parents return the completed consent/SDQ form in the sealed envelope to school or by mail. Clinic Plus staff will collect returned surveys from the school, score the results, and return results to parents/guardians.

The Clinic Plus Program mails results to each parent who completes the consent/SDQ form. Results for individual students are shared only with parents unless the parent provides permission to share the results with teachers or school counselors. All parents who complete the survey and consent form will receive results and information about local service providers who can provide a more comprehensive assessment if needed. Participating schools/programs will receive a yearly report indicating the total number of participants and aggregate scores for students in their district/program.

The Clinic Plus Program has been offered through Broome County Mental Health since 2007. In 2014 BCMH contracted with Family Enrichment Network to continue the program. Family Enrichment Network has been providing services to children and families in Broome County since 1978. Program funding is provided by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Program FAQ

The Clinic Plus Program offers free, voluntary, and confidential social-emotional health screening for children ages three and older in order to promote early identification of the strengths and difficulties that children in Broome County may be experiencing. Emotional health issues can affect how well a child does in school, family relationships, and ability to make friends.

The Clinic Plus Program uses the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), a research-based screening instrument that focuses on five distinct areas of a child’s emotional well-being. The five focus areas are: emotional symptoms, conduct, hyperactivity, peer relations, and prosocial behavior. The SDQ is distributed through participating school districts and early childhood education programs for students ages three through fourteen (or Grade 8). Parent packets include a program information sheet, letter from the School Superintendent or Program Director, consent form and SDQ form, and a return envelope. Parents return the completed consent/SDQ form in the sealed envelope to school or by mail. Clinic Plus staff will collect returned surveys from the school, score the results, and return results to parents/guardians.

Results are only shared with parents/guardians, unless permission to share the results with teachers or school counselors is provided. All parents who complete the survey and consent form will receive results and information about local service providers. If a child’s scores point to possible emotional or behavioral difficulties, we will provide recommendations for follow up services with providers who can conduct a more comprehensive assessment if needed. Parents/guardians can decide if they wish to share the results with anyone else such as a family doctor.

We encourage you to participate yearly as a way to better track the continued development of your child. Your child’s emotional health can affect how well they do in school, their ability to get along with family and friends, and their ability to bounce back when faced with life’s setbacks. Checking on your child’s emotional health is important, just as important as having their vision and hearing tested or their yearly physical exam with your family doctor. Participation is always voluntary.