We’ve created this reference guide of resources to help primary care providers screen patients for depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and alcohol/substance misuse. As you’re aware, treatment is critical since it can contribute to the patient’s readiness to change at risk behaviors.
Using screening tools in primary care follows the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine for behavioral health disorders.
- Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)*: This site includes downloadable PHQ screeners in several languages to help accurately diagnosis and track improvement in treating depression. Background information about the screening tools and scoring instructions is also available.
- Vanderbilt Assessment Scales: The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality Vanderbilt Assessment Scales are used by health care professionals to help diagnose ADHD in children between the ages of 6 and 12.
- The Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): A national non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.
Alcohol and Substance Misuse
- Alcohol Use Screeners: This site includes the commonly used alcohol screeners AUDIT and CAGE , screening information and rationale.
- Opioid Resources
Substance Use Screeners
- CRAFFT Screening Tool: The CRAFFT adolescent substance abuse screening tool.
- NIDA Screening Tool: The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) quick screen online tool.
United Behavioral Health Support
To help support you further, United Behavioral Health, which manages behavioral health services for UnitedHealthcare members, has information to support you and your patients in treating depression, alcohol/substance use disorders or ADHD. United Behavioral Health’s website includes access to the screening tools listed in this guide, and are available to you at no cost.
- To access the United Behavioral Health clinician website and the screening tools go to ProviderExpress.com > Clinical Resources > Clinical Tools and Quality Initiatives.
- You can also request the screening tools by sending an email to BHInfo@uhc.com.
United Behavioral Health also offers access to a Prevention Center of resources for depression, alcohol/substance use disorders and ADHD, which includes:
- A library of articles to support prevention and recovery for each condition
- Information about co-morbid conditions
- Web links to nationally recognized practice guidelines
- A printable self-appraisal for the patient to complete or for you to use if you refer them to a behavioral health practitioner
- List of support resources for practitioners, patients and their families.
Behavioral Health Referrals
To refer a member to a United Behavioral Health network practitioner for assessment and/or treatment, call United Behavioral Health at the number on the back of their UnitedHealthcare member identification (ID) card.
Behavioral Health Members in the Medical Practice Office Setting
- Antidepressant Medication Management
- Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence: Initiation and Engagement in Treatment
- Behavioral Health Care after an Emergency Room Visit or Inpatient Hospitalization
- Best Practices for Children and Adolescents on Antipsychotic Medications
- Care for Individuals Diagnosed with Schizophrenia and/or Prescribed Antipsychotic Medication
For more information on behavioral disorders, the United Behavioral Health Prevention Center, go to: United Behavioral Health’s website, liveandworkwell.com. Use the access code ‘united’, then click on Mind & Body > Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorder/Addiction.
We’re Here to Help
If you have a case-specific question, please call the phone number listed on the back of the member’s ID card to speak with a Health Care Advocate.