Our youth is experiencing an epidemic of depression, substance abuse, violence, stress and more. Our districts are designed to be safe havens and sources of stability and safety but they are becoming overwhelmed by need. Staff, students and parents need a healthy district but with our communities also on edge and distrust permeating this has proven difficult to achieve. Althing offers the solution.
An Althing Health Event bringing Assess-Intervene-Refer/Services is the only scalable, proven health service able to identify depression, suicidal ideation, safety, substance abuse and general health concerns, within your entire student body, efficiently and effectively. In groups of 30+ every 50 minutes, Althing brings expert clinical resources to the classroom. With qualified providers and technology an Althing Assess-Intervene-Refer/Service Health event privately informs, destigmatizes mental health and addiction challenges for all students while identifying, intervening and referring.
Following an Althing health event, the district will receive individually de-identifiable aggregate data. The data accurately depict the levels of health need in the student body and be useful for planning and budgeting. The students in need, who experience an intervention and or referral, will be provided meaningful and fast access the qualified health providers within their own region. An Althing health event will also provide services for staff to further keep safe the district and the needs of everyone.
Althing district health is scalable, effective, efficient and novel. Please see the FAQs below and if your question persists, use our Contact page to write in your query.
Typically the Althing Health service engages all students between the ages of 12 and 18, typically within a 4 to 6 day period.
Althing fits this health services into a class period of about 50 minutes. In that time the students arrive, are matched with their health engagement Phrazer, instructed and underway. Within an average of 10 minutes the Assess portion is complete. While students who need additional time complete their engagements the other students enter into an informative trivia engagement.
Absolutely. Typically in the classroom there is an instructor and Althing representative to employ the service with a group of students. This is for privacy and efficiency. Via special interfaces on campus, and off campus, medical providers (psychiatrists, PAs, physicians, licensed clinical social workers, and other highly specialized staff) oversee and interact with the students through the Phrazer platform in realtime. Following the Assessment, some students will discretely see a provider face-to-face for a brief intervention and potential referral.
Althing has improved the most vetted and accepted adolescent health engagements with the modern CITE method. The Althing service identifies and provides interventions and referrals for mental health, addiction, risky behavior, safety, stress and food insecurity among other things. The common names for the non-CITE version are: PHQ2 & PHQ9 depression screener, GAD7 anxiety measure, CRAFFT assessment and Safety assessment. Scoring is the health outcome, that in specific cases, triggers a qualified intervention.
The Althing Health Event is a HIPAA service and the results of individual student's outcomes are not shared to the district record. There are no student district health records generated from this vital health service. Student information is not shared and can only be accessed with a valid HIPAA request. Students reporting substance or risky behaviors will not be punished or removed from sports (again, the district will not know of individual reports).
No publicly available Private Health Information record is generated. The full protection of HIPAA is established. This is critical to ensuring students and their guardians can be open, safe and protected while receiving this vital health benefit.
Yes, de-identifiable aggregate data is generated and provided to both the district and can be made available for the community. This data aids in providing insights that support planning, curriculum, funding and staffing. This data not only helps the district but also regional health services and county planning. The outcome data is invaluable to communities and their health.
It is not unusual to identify over significant levels suicidal ideation and self harm, extensive moderate to severe depression and over high levels substance abuse in the student population. This results in a significant need for connections with qualified health services. While there are local and county services available to engage students and staff on referral, this can be overwhelming. Althing and its partners fill the gap, where needed, to ensure all identified need finds a qualified service... locally. Further, Althing embeds follow-up and ongoing services, through Phrazer/Kitsune, and inperson staff encounters, at the district. We are here to help as are your local services.
With no other scalable, proven and qualified service, the alternative has been to turn away from the significant suffering of our youth. The result of ignoring the rising mental health, substance and safety crisis has been tragic. Althing wants you to know this service is within statute rights of districts and that it is a moral imperative to bring these health services to students, staff and community.
The services provided are an ACA health benefit that Althing makes available. With the insurance information of the participants there is nominal cost to the district, no cost to the students or their guardians. The entire service is reimbursable through insurance and where there are uninsured, Althing provides this service at no cost (thanks to caring sponsors). Alternately, and more commonly, there are local, state and federal grants that Althing and its partners will help districts acquire.
Starting with a simple parental notification, supported by Althing, the service underway. A secure student record to HIPAA record process is performed by Althing. The district arranges a student schedule and sets the dates for the service. Student support staff (counselors, school psychiatrists), optionally participating, are scheduled. On the morning of the health service Althing representatives arrive and setup for student arrival. From first period to shortly after noon, assessments are performed. Ongoing face-to-face and virtual interventions and referrals are provided to the end of school day. Repeat. Ongoing performance reports and aggregate data details are provided for all services in realtime. A followup report and meeting on outcomes and how to apply these for budgeting, grants and curriculum is completed. Individuals entering into health services are tracked and supported by Althing. Any ongoing guardian and student requests are addressed via Althing.