Arizona: Clinical toolkits to support behavioral health screenings and referrals
A primary care provider (PCP) should screen members for behavioral health needs during routine or preventive visits. To support PCPs, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) has developed a set of clinical toolkits to assist PCPs in assessing the needs of children/adolescents (ages 8–17) and adults (18 and older). The toolkits also help PCPs determine the need and type of medication and if a behavioral health referral is indicated.
Why it matters Based on the behavioral health screening and assessment, best practice guidelines and evidence-based medicine, a member may benefit from seeing a behavioral health professional. While a referral is not required, the PCP may refer the member to an in-network behavioral health care provider and consult with the behavioral health provider about the member’s treatment plan.