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Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Quality Improvement/Utilization Management Committee (QI/UM) delegates responsibility for the evaluation of clinical practice guidelines (CPG) to the Provider Advisory Committee (PAC). Nine clinical practice guidelines had previously been evaluated and recommended as relevant for the PerformCare provider network. All the materials on this page including CPG, Condensed Versions, Guideline Watch, Executive Summaries and TIPS were readopted by PAC on March 7, 2017.

Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Suicidal Behaviors

Adopted the American Academy of Pediatrics

Practice Guideline For The Assessment and Treatment of Patients With Suicidal Behaviors (PDF) (November 2003).

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Adopted the American Academy of Pediatrics
ADHD: Clinical Practice Guideline (PDF) for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents (November 2011; Pediatrics 128(5):1007-1022, 2011).

Bipolar disorder

Adopted the American Psychiatric Association
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder (PDF) (2nd Edition, April 2002).

This guideline is more than 5 years old and has not yet been updated to ensure that it reflects current knowledge and practice. In accordance with national standards, including those of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Guideline Clearinghouse, this guideline can no longer be assumed to be current. A third edition of this guideline is in development. The November 2005 Guideline Watch associated with this guideline provides additional information that has become available since publication of the guideline, but it is not a formal update of the guideline.

Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents

Adopted the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder (PDF).

Family-based mental health services (FBMHS)

The Family-Based Mental Health Practice Guidelines (FBPG) (PDF) is the product of a workgroup which consists of consumers, providers, county stakeholders, capital-area behavioral health collaborative, and PerformCare. These guidelines are intended to serve 4 purposes:

  • To provide a common understanding of the FBMHS level of care and the practice standards within a behavioral health managed care environment
  • To promote continuous quality improvement and best utilization management practices associated with the service delivery of FBMHS
  • To increase the coherence and consistency of service delivery in the practice of conducting FBMHS
  • To improve FBMHS service outcomes for members and their families

This FBPG will clarify PerformCare's expectations for providers of FBMHS and serve as a basis for monitoring the quality of FBMHS treatment and programs within the PerformCare provider network. Please note that although the FBPG were designed in compliance with relevant regulation, the FBPG are guidelines adopted by PerformCare and are not to be interpreted as statutory or regulatory. These documents should be the basis for FBMHS practice, as well as for the staff delivering these services who should be familiar with these regulations. PerformCare implemented these guidelines in November 2015.

Major depressive disorder

Adopted the American Psychiatric Association
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder (PDF) (3rd. Ed. October, 2010).

Oppositional defiant disorder

Adopted the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Oppositional Defiant Disorder  (PDF) (January 2007).

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Adopted the American Academy of Pediatrics

PTSD: Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults (PDF) (February 2017).

Psychiatric evaluation of adults

Adopted the American Psychiatric Association
Practice Guideline for the Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults (PDF) (2nd Edition, June 2006).

Schizophrenia

Adopted the American Psychiatric Association
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia (PDF) (Second Edition, February 2004).

This guideline is more than 5 years old and has not yet been updated to ensure that it reflects current knowledge and practice. In accordance with national standards, including those of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Guideline Clearinghouse, this guideline can no longer be assumed to be current. The November 2009 Guideline Watch associated with this guideline provides additional information that has become available since publication of the guideline, but it is not a formal update of the guideline.

Substance use disorders

Adopted the American Psychiatric Association
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Substance Use Disorders (PDF) (2nd Edition, August 2006).

  • April 2007 Guideline Watch (PDF). The reference includes the following statement:

This guideline is more than 5 years old and has not yet been updated to ensure that it reflects current knowledge and practice. In accordance with national standards, including those of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Guideline Clearinghouse, this guideline can no longer be assumed to be current. The April 2007 Guideline Watch associated with this guideline provides additional information that has become available since publication of the guideline, but it is not a formal update of the guideline.