Screening for Common Behavioral Health Issues seen in Primary Care

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends PCPs screen patients for depression, ADHD and alcohol/substance use in primary care settings. Screening is critical to treatment, since it can contribute to the patient’s readiness to change. You can help by screening all patients, including adolescents. To assist, we recommend the following screening tools and resources:


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Alcohol/Substance Use

Additional Resources

  • > Clinical Resources > Behavioral Health Toolkit for Medical Providers OR Clinical Tools and Quality Initiatives
  • UHC  > Menu > Resource Library > Behavioral Health Resources
  • (use access code ‘clinician’) > Mind & Body > Mental Health OR Substance Use Disorder/Addiction
  • Live and Work Well-Prevention Center > Depression OR > Substance Use/Addiction OR Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • For referrals - > Our Network > Directories OR call the toll-free number on the back of the member’s health care identification card

The COVID-19 national public emergency has created unprecedented changes to virtually every part of the health care system and most people’s lives. To assist with treatment opportunities, there are many more telehealth visit options for our members. To view the latest resources, telehealth options and news on the national public emergency, please visit


1 PHQ-9 was developed by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.
2 Vanderbilt Scales were developed by the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)