Month: October 2013

October is Bullying Prevention Month

We’re glad for any opportunity to direct the spotlight on this often hidden issue. And we often hear from clinicians that the identification of bullying is one of the most appreciated features of RAAPS – as most adolescents who screen positive for bullying actually come in with a completely unrelated issue or symptom.

Data from the RAAPS surveys show bullying and being made to be afraid are on the rise – with 16% of 36,000 youth surveyed sharing that they were bullied in the last 30 days.

Looking deeper into those numbers – there are some sub-populations especially at risk:

  • –  RAAPS data reveals incidence may be even higher in the younger crowd: 18% of 10-14 year olds reported being bullied in the last month, compared to 13% of 15-19 year olds

  • –  Girls have report higher rates of bullying than boys: 20% of female adolescents vs. 11.5% of males

  • –   And looking by payor status – rates of reported bullying highest among Medicaid recipients: 18% Medicaid, 15% Uninsured, 13% Commercial

Do you have a success story around the identification and management of bullying? Please share your story with your peers – because we all lean on, and learn from, each other in this fight!

Validate Your Center’s Effectiveness with Real Time Data

Looking to further validate your center’s effectiveness?  Need timely data for grant reporting or program needs? Consider transitioning to the online version of RAAPS.

A key and useful feature of the online version of RAAPS is access to risk data. Prior to having an online system, clinicians would have to counsel hundreds of teens with paper surveys and had no way of easily tracking individual outcomes or reviewing all of the risk data that had been collected, outside of time-intensive chart reviews full of human error. So, when building the reporting features, the RAAPS team asked clinicians what questions they had about their teen populations and created reports that responded to such questions as:

  • –  What is the effectiveness of the risk counseling I am providing?
  • –  What are the greatest risks in my teen population?
  • –  Are my programs and services focused on the greatest risks?

Teen risks change over time, and having accessible data that reveals changing trends is critical for professionals serving adolescent populations. For example, a review of RAAPS 2012 data shows a significant increase in mental health risks among teens, even surpassing the usual issues of teen drinking, drugs and unprotected sex.

Used in care settings ranging from hospital outpatient clinics to school-based health centers, and with a benchmark database of more than 33,000 completed surveys, RAAPS’ innovative approach has engaged teens and improved the effectiveness of both the identification and reduction of risk behaviors. And the data from RAAPS has been used to change service at all levels.

To learn more about RAAPS, view our website or read the latest article featured in Drug Store News highlighting how RAAPS is changing practices to improve adolescent health care.