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Behavioral Emotional Social Traits (B.E.S.T.)

Many communities have identified behavioral health as a top health priority. Evidence shows that behavioral health is critical to many aspects of learning and development. This means early identification of behavioral health issues and accompanying intervention help school children thrive both in and beyond the classroom.

School personnel play an important role in early intervention and prevention when they provide student support and connect students to effective services. Our Center for Community Health Advancement at Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan are proud to partner with b.e.s.t. to provide the screening tool to school districts and promote the behavioral health and well-being of children in our communities.


How b.e.s.t. Works

The b.e.s.t. universal screening platform provides a systematic method of quantifying behavioral observations in order to translate the principles of mental health wellness into practice. Teachers screen each student using the b.e.s.t. tool. After screening, follow-up is provided to the teacher to help analyze behavior patterns, reinforce positive behavior in the classroom and school-wide, and determine next steps for students needing extra support.


Behavioral, Emotional and Social Traits (b.e.s.t.):

  • Helps and reinforces positive behavioral health for typically developing children while helping teachers to implement universal, positive behavioral health practices for children who may be struggling

  • Provides interventions for children with elevated risk status

  • Develops focused interventions for children with targeted needs

  • Provides context for organizing information for more efficient and effective problem-solving discussions


The screening tool has been used in school districts throughout Wisconsin and other states across the country, with over 300,000 completed screenings in our database which continues to grow longitudinally with each screening window.



Download b.e.s.t. FAQs

Learn more about b.e.s.t. universal screening and test out the software here.


b.e.s.t. Grant for Schools

Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan will pay for the implementation of b.e.s.t for qualifying schools. Any school district within Security Health Plan’s service area is welcome to apply. Grants will be awarded on a first come first serve basis until capacity is reached.


We will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year in spring 2023.