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Our History

For over a decade, stakeholders across Pennsylvania have been helping organizations establish and implement policies and procedures that support statewide youth suicide prevention efforts. 

This interdisciplinary team has grown to include hundreds of organizations, including healthcare providers, schools, mental health agencies, drug & alcohol agencies, Student Assistance Program liaisons, colleges, universities, and crisis responders.

 We continue to strengthen and grow this network of people working towards the same goal - to prevent suicide and support the behavioral health needs of people across Pennsylvania.





The content listed on this website does not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, specifically the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by these entities. 

Our screening density by geographical area

Member Benefits


Collaborate with fellow professionals in your respective fields


Leverage de-identified aggregate datasets for publications, presentations, or dissertations 


Receive ongoing technical assistance
from the CFIS and mdlogix


Collaborate with the learning collaborative on grants and other funded projects


Participate in group meetings at professional conferences to review progress and plan new projects. 


Obtain a research affiliate status in the CFIS

Our Mission

Members in Action


Use the BHS child and adolescent screening measures whenever possible on children 6 to 12 and adolescents 13 to 21


Communicate in video conference calls with fellow professionals in the field to discuss barriers, success stories, opportunities, and latest bhworks technology features


Allow mdlogix to share your site's de-identified, aggregate data with CFIS for research papers, presentations, posters, and grant submissions


Allow CFIS to use data to generate statewide reports for state and federal entities

Implementation Partners

Our implementation partners provide education, training, and technical assistance

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Medical Decision Logic, Inc. (mdlogix)

Provides a web-based software platform called bhworks and ongoing technical assistance for behavioral health screening, care management, and outcomes reporting

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Center for Family Intervention Science

Reports aggregate data to state and federal agencies, oversees screening implementation, trainings, events, and provides research and publication assistance to learning collaborative members

Founding Members

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Tita Atte, MPH, CPH

Director, Mental Health Screening

Center for Family Intervention Science

Atte serves as the Director of Mental Health Screening at CFIS and oversees  the implementation of the Behavioral Health Works (bhworks) program. One of his current projects, the Pennsylvania Resource for Continuity of Care in Youth Serving Systems and Transitions, will sustain and expand prior statewide youth suicide prevention efforts and early intervention strategies in schools, colleges, and primary care facilities. The program will focus on five PA regions, providing training and screening within behavioral health systems to improve care transitions for high-risk youth.


Guy Diamond, PhD

Director, Center for Family Intervention Science

Diamond's research focuses on suicide prevention and intervention. He has developed, tested and disseminated Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for depressed and suicidal youth and is the lead developer of the Behavioral Health Screening tool, a comprehensive yet brief, web-based tool for early identification of youth struggling with suicide and other behavioral health problems.

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