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Toolkit: Developing a Referral System for Adolescent Health Services

This toolkit provides a framework for a standardized approach to developing and implementing a comprehensive health service referral system in your priority districts and or schools.

It was originally developed in 2016 with a focus solely on sexual health services and was revised in 2022 with a broader focus on mental health, the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ students, supportive services, and providing referrals using flexible tools like telehealth as a standard part of care.


CAI published the original toolkit as part of a CDC Department of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) project that CAI administered between 2013 and 2017.

CAI worked with the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) to update and expand the toolkit in 2022.


Staff members from state and local education agencies, including health program coordinators, managers, and administrators.

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Developing a Referral System for Adolescent Health Services (20 MB PDF)