On a semiannual basis, the commissioner must consider for potential approval any additional screening tools proposed. The commissioner shall consider screening tools for approval based on the criteria in subparts 2 and 3.
The screening tool must:
have a reading level compatible with the population being screened;
be easily administered and scored by a nonclinician;
be tested in the general population and at the national level;
have demonstrated adequate reliability and validity;
have a minimum documented statistical sensitivity of .70 and overall specificity of .70; and
predict a range of diagnosable mental health conditions, or the likelihood of substance use disorders.
The commissioner must also evaluate the proposed tool according to whether it meets preferred characteristics. A tool receives a more favorable evaluation when it:
is concise, typically taking roughly ten minutes to complete or, for each rating scale, contains ten or fewer items;
has been widely used for adults and adolescents;
is available for use in a format that can be used either as part of an interview or through self-report;
is validated for more than one cultural background;
is validated for linguistic strength; or
is recognized by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
MS s 245.4863
38 SR 523
November 12, 2013