Clinical Guidelines

The Behavioral HealthCare Program has adopted several clinical guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association (APA and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) to assist practitioners in making clinical decisions to ensure consistency and improve patient care and safety.

The evidence-based guidelines are known to be effective in improving health outcomes:

Major Depressive Disorder:

American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder

You can also access the quick reference guide:

American Psychiatric Association- Treating Major Depressive Disorder - A Quck Reference Guide

Substance Use Disorders:

American Psychiatric Association Substance Use Disorders Guidelines

Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with ADHD

The BHCP Quailty Committee has also created clinical guidelines to assist Primary Care Physicians in treating various behavioral health conditions.

Click a link below to download or read the selected guideline.

ADHD Guidelines

Bi-Polar Guidelines

Depression Guidelines

Anxiety Guidelines

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