Depression Follow-Up Plan

In Colorado, Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) SBHCs enlisted their IT staff to create discrete fields to enter PHQ2 and PHQ9-A depression screening scores (see screen shot below). Based on the score(s) the provider entered whether the screen was positive or negative. These are also discrete, extractable fields.

They also created discrete fields to document follow-up plans for positive depression (and alcohol and substance use) screens.  Options that can be checked include:

  • Not Applicable – Seeing Mental Health Provider Now
  • Mental health referral ordered
  • Referred for alcohol/substance abuse
  • Meeting arranged for in-house behavioral health professionalCounseled for alcohol/substance abuse
  • Prescription (Rx Med) for depression

Screen Shot for Depression Screen from MCPN Electronic Health Record