Using the ACE Questionnaire in Practice

Rahil Briggs

ACEs, Service Delivery

October 2014

Dr. Rahil Briggs (Healthy Steps at Montefiore) found that an easy and inexpensive way to determine which children might need family intervention services was to ask their parents the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) questions. Parents with the highest ACE scores received the most intensive interventions. She explains how supporting child development and treating parents’ mental health problems through the Healthy Steps program promoted healthy social and emotional development, and why nurturing childhood experiences that build brains for life-long mental health are the foundation of a successful society.

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