Division of Behavioral Health Services

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Behavioral Health Category Assignment

One of five possible designations (i.e., child non-SED, child with SED, adult with SMI, adult non-SMI with general mental health need and adult non-SMI with substance abuse) that is assigned to each person enrolled in the ADHS/DBHS behavioral health system.

Behavioral Health Medical Practitioner

An individual licensed and authorized by law to use and prescribe medication and devices, as defined in A.R.S. § 32-1901, and who is one of the following with at least one year of full-time behavioral health work experience:

  1. A physician;
  2. A physician assistant; or
  3. A nurse practitioner.

Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility

A health care institution that provides continuous treatment to an individual experiencing a behavioral health issue that causes the individual to:

  1. Have a limited or reduced ability to meet the individual's basic physical needs;
  2. Suffer harm that significantly impairs the individual's judgment, reason, behavior, or capacity to recognize reality;
  3. Be a danger to self;
  4. Be a danger to others;
  5. Be persistently or acutely disabled as defined in A.R.S. § 36-501; or
  6. Be gravely disabled.

Behavioral Health Medical Professional

An individual licensed and authorized by law to use and prescribe medication and devices, as defined in A.R.S. § 32-1901, and who is one of the following with at least one year of full-time behavioral health work experience:

  1. A physician;
  2. A physician assistant; or
  3. A registered nurse practitioner.

Behavioral Health Paraprofessional

An individual who is not a behavioral health professional who provides behavioral health services at or for a health care institution according to the health care institution's policies and procedures that:

  1. If the behavioral health services were provided in a setting other than a licensed health care institution, the individual would be required to be licensed as a behavioral professional under A.R.S. Title 32, Chapter 33; and
  2. Are provided under supervision by a behavioral health professional. (R9-10-101)

Behavioral Health Professional

An individual licensed under A.R.S. Title 32, Chapter 33, whose scope of practice allows the individual to:

  1. Independently engage in the practice of behavioral health as defined in A.R.S. § 32-3251;
  2. Except for a licensed substance abuse technician, engage in the practice of behavioral health as defined in A.R.S. § 32-3251 under direct supervision as defined in A.A.C. R4-6-101;
  3. A psychiatrist as defined in A.R.S. § 36-501;
  4. A psychologist as defined in A.R.S. § 32-2061;
  5. A physician;
  6. A registered nurse practitioner licensed as an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse;
  7. A behavior analyst as defined in A.R.S. §32-2091; or
  8. A registered nurse.

Behavioral Health Recipient

Any adult or child that receives services through ADHS/DBHS funded programs (including prevention activities for non-enrolled persons).

Behavioral Health Related Field

Includes psychology, sociology/social work, counseling (including chemical dependency), nursing, and social/human services-related fields with focus on behavioral health.

Behavioral Health Representative

A behavioral health professional, a behavioral health technician or a paraprofessional who is responsible for assisting the team in treatment planning, securing behavioral health services, and any other processes requiring involvement or facilitation from the behavioral health system.

Behavioral Health Residential Facility

A health care institution that provides treatment to an individual experiencing a behavioral health issue that:

  1. Limits the individual's ability to be independent, or
  2. Causes the individual to require treatment to maintain or enhance independence.

Behavioral Health Status

A person's overall emotional and psychological condition including the use of a person's cognitive and emotional capabilities, the ability to function in society, and other skills needed to meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.

Behavioral Health Technician

An individual who is not a behavioral health professional who provides behavioral health services at or for a health care institution according to the health care institution's policies and procedures that:

  1. If the behavioral health services were provided in a setting other than a licensed health care institution, the individual would be required to be licensed as a behavioral health professional under A.R.S. Title 32, Chapter 33; and
  2. Are provided with clinical oversight by a behavioral health professional.

Behavioral Health Work Experience

For the purposes of this policy, behavioral health work experience includes paid work and volunteer work in the behavioral health field that is directly related to the services the direct service staff member intends to provide.

Best practices

Strategies, activities and approaches that have been shown to be effective, through research and evaluation at preventing and/or or delaying substance abuse, violence, or other problem behaviors.

Block Grant

Federal money allocated to states, cities, or counties for distribution to community groups, charities, and other social service providers, most often administered under the allocated agency's rules and regulations (also known as "formula" grant). HHS Block Grants

Bonding

The affectional tie and warm, loving commitment of the caregiver to the infant. Although, colloquially, the term "bonding" tends to be used interchangeably with the word "attachment" or the general concept of emotional connectedness, the literature tends to reserve this term for the caregiver's side of the attachment relationship.