Behavioral Health Guidelines

Behavioral health guidelines

Behavioral health guidelines are evidence-based treatment options for various behavioral health conditions that are commonly seen in Humana members. These guidelines are reviewed biannually by Humana psychiatrists who support these treatment options. These guidelines are selected and adopted from recognized sources such as the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. These guidelines have been selected as a means to standardize treatment options with the most effective interventions available for certain diagnoses.

The following behavioral health clinical practice guidelines are a resource for behavioral health care providers:

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, July 2007.

http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(09)62182-1/pdf(PDF opens in new window)

Bipolar disorder

American Psychiatric Association – Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition, April 2002.

http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/bipolar.pdf(PDF opens in new window)

Depressive disorders

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Depressive Disorders, November 2007.

http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(09)62053-0/pdf(PDF opens in new window)

Major depressive disorder

American Psychiatric Association – Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder, Third Edition, October 2010.

http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/mdd.pdf(PDF opens in new window)

Schizophrenia in adults

American Psychiatric Association – Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia, Second Edition, February 2004.

http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/schizophrenia.pdf

Substance use disorders in adults

American Psychiatric Association – Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders, Second Edition, August 2006.

http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/substanceuse.pdf(PDF opens in new window)

Substance use disorders in children and adolescents

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders, June 2005.

http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(09)61641-5/pdf(PDF opens in new window)

Humana periodically monitors compliance with nationally recognized clinical practice guidelines to identify opportunities for improvement.


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