Behavioral Health Clinical Guidelines

Guidelines are intended to be flexible. They serve as reference points or recommendations, not rigid criteria. Guidelines should be followed in most cases, but there is an understanding that, depending on the patient, the setting, the circumstances or other factors, care can and should be tailored to fit individual needs.

Condition Guideline Source
ADHD American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
ADHD American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for SUD SAMHSA
Major Depressive Disorder American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Major Depressive Disorder American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Medication Assisted Recovery for SUD SAMHSA
Motivational Enhancement Therapy National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)
Other SUD EBPas recognized by SAMHSA SAMHSA
SAMHSA's Illness Management and Recovery SAMHSA
SAMHSA's Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders SAMHSA
SAMHSA's Family Psychoeducation SAMHSA
SAMHSA's Supported Employment (Individual Placement and Support) SAMHSA
Seeking Safety Seeking Safety
Tobacco Cessation Tobacco Recovery Resource Exchange
Twelve-Step Facilitation National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)


The following Behavioral Health guidelines can be found on the Clinical Practice Guidelines section of our website:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Depression in Primary Care for Adults Ages 18 and Older

Behavioral Health Policies

The following Behavioral Health and other relevant policies can be found on the corporate Medical Policy section of our website:

Outpatient Behavioral Health Programs Policy provides an overview of all policies including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Behavioral Health Treatment of Family and Couples
  • Biofeedback
  • Continuing Day Treatment
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Developmental Evaluation and Testing
  • Treatment for Gambling
  • Group Therapy
  • Handicapped Dependents
  • Hypnosis (found under Archived Medical Policies)
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Opioid Addiction Treatment
  • Phototherapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (found under Archived Medical Policies)
  • Power Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (found under Archived Medical Policies)
  • Psychological Testing
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation
  • Residential Care/Group Homes/Halfway House
  • Self Help Diagnosis, Training or Treatment
  • Social Counseling and Therapy
  • Therapeutic Schools/Special Schools/Educational Programs
  • Wilderness/Adventure Camps
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