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Behavioral health resources

We make available below topic-specific information you can share with your patients; resources for treating patients with a substance use disorder; level of care certification information; screenings, such as for a substance use disorder, or to identify potential health risks during and after a pregnancy; and toolkits from Mental Health America. We hope you find the below resources useful as you treat and support your patients.

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Topic-specific information you can share with your patients

Addiction treatment

The American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a physician-led organization of some 7,000 medical and related professionals that aims to improve addiction treatment and enhance addiction-related education.

ASAM developed a set of criteria that providers can use to assess individuals to help determine the most appropriate level of care. These criteria are the foundation of addiction treatment in many states, including Louisiana.

The ASAM Criteria encompass six ASAM dimensions. These dimensions provide a framework for a holistic, biopsychosocial assessment of an individual. The ASAM Criteria are used to help determine the ideal level of care for the individual.

Access the ASAM Criteria for addiction treatment , PDF

Level of care certification by CARF International

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services providers use to yield best possible outcomes. CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers.

Level of Care certification by CARF is the only program of its kind to independently assess and verify the ability of providers to deliver substance use disorder treatment services to adults consistent with Levels of Care described in The ASAM Criteria®.

Learn more about level of care certification , PDF

Treating substance use disorder in older adults

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) makes available guidance in the latest evidence-based screening and assessment approaches, interventions, and services for substance misuse, including substance use disorders (SUDs) in other adults. It is intended for behavioral health services providers, healthcare professionals, older adults, and people significant in the lives of these adults.

Access the SAMHSA Treating Substance Use Disorder in Old Adults treatment improvement protocol , PDF

Opioid Risk Tool

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a brief, self-report screening tool designed for use with adult patients in primary care settings to assess risk for opioid abuse among individuals prescribed opioids for treatment of chronic pain. The ORT can be administered and scored in less than 1 minute and has been validated in male and female patients but not in non-pain populations.

Access the ORT, PDF

Addiction-related screenings

Maternal health-related screenings

Other screenings


Mental Health America Mental Health Month Toolkit

Mental Health America’s Mental Health Month toolkit provides free, practical resources to introduce mental health topics like recognizing warning signs, knowing the factors that can lead to mental health conditions, maintaining mental wellness, and seeking help for mental health.

Access the Mental Health America Mental Health Month Toolkit , PDF

Mental Health America Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Toolkit

The term “BIPOC” is more recent and intentionally places Black and Indigenous communities apart from people of color as a way to acknowledge the unique characteristics and heightened inequities of these groups.

Mental Health America’s Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) toolkit includes information and resources for specific BIPOC communities, calls to action, worksheets, and general resources for BIPOC individuals.

  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Arab/Middle Eastern/Muslim/South Asian
  • Asian/Pacific
  • Black/African American
  • Latinx/Hispanic
  • Multiracial

In this toolkit, Mental Health America lists specific cultural groups, including:

Access the Mental Health America Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Toolkit, PDF

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