A screening form for identifying mental health problems in alcohol/other drug dependent persons

Jerome F.X. Carroll, John J. McGinley

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The Mental Health Screening Form-III (MHSF-III; Carroll & McGinley, 2000) was designed to address the need in the chemical dependency field for an easy-to-use, brief (18 items answered "yes" or "no"), no-cost instrument that would identify clients with co-occurring psychiatric difficulties. The instrument requires minimal training to use. Most clients complete it in 15 minutes, including the inquiry recommended for all "yes" responses. Data is provided on the MHSF-III's reliability and validity, as well as a survey of 111 therapeutic community residents. The survey results noted underlying psychopathology in the majority of clients surveyed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-47
Number of pages15
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes



  • Chemical dependency treatment
  • Mental health
  • Screening instruments
  • Therapeutic community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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