Behavioral Health Resources

Welcome to the CHAMPS Behavioral Health Resources webpage. CHAMPS developed this online resource to support Region VIII health centers in providing quality, integrated behavioral health care in the primary care setting.

If you utilize a clinical resource appropriate for health center clinicians that is not listed on this webpage, please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

For additional information on topics related to behavioral health, please see:

Please click or scroll down for:
Articles and Reports
Evidence Based Clinical Guidelines
Patient Education
Provider Education
Other Online Resources


Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center
Interactive mapping tool to explore each recognized type of behavioral health practitioner and their respective credentialing standards and scopes of practice by state
Data Visualization Tool

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Publications

Collection of journal articles, from 2002 to 2007, following up on the ACE study (performed in 1995-1997 with more than 17,000 participants), measuring cumulative traumatic stress during childhood and relating the scores to increased probabilities of acquiring various chronic illnesses including mental health conditions

Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Jacqueline S. Gray, Ph.D.
Rural Mental Health Research White Paper for National Institute of Mental Health
White paper examines current literature related to mental health research in rural, frontier, and remote areas with recommendations for future research addressing needs and disparities (September 2011)

Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD)
Behavioral Health White Paper
Provides recommendations for advancing the behavioral health system of care in Community Health Centers based on findings from CHAD’s behavioral health work group (2018)

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy & the Office of Health Equity at HRSA
Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rural Areas in the United States
Study examines whether exposure to ACEs in rural areas is associated with adult activity limitations, self‐reported general poor health status, chronic diseases, and poor mental health

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research

Quarterly publication featuring applied services research, policy, and practical articles on the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of mental health and addiction services

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
2016 National Survey on Drug Use & Health

Results pertaining to SAMHSA 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey of the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population aged 12 years old and older

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Behavioral Health, United States 2012

Data on the nations’ mental health system across themes: people, treatment facility characteristics, payers and payment mechanisms, state-level data, children, military personnel, and non-traditional service settings

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Addressing Suicide Potential and Prevention in Rural and Frontier Areas: Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers

Report of a two-phase project including the statistical phase to identify rural counties at high risk for suicide, and a second-phase to develop a Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers (August 2009)

Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ)
The Effect of Behavioral Health Consultation on the Care of Depression by Primary Care Clinicians
Original research developed by Neftali Serrano, PsyD, and Kimberley Monden, PhD, of Access Community Health Centers in Madison, Wisconsin (June 2011), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health
Action Steps for Improving Women’s Mental Health

Report on research, products, tools, and resources that explore the role that gender plays in diagnosing, treating, and coping with mental illness, with specific steps for policy-makers, providers, and researchers, to take to address women’s mental health (May 2009)


American Psychiatric Association, PsychiatryOnline
Practice Guidelines

Includes the following guidelines:

  • Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Practice Guideline -2004, Guideline Watch 2009)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias (Practice Guideline- 2007, Guideline Watch 2014)
  • Bipolar Disorder (Practice Guideline 2002, Guideline Watch 2005)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (Practice Guideline 2001, Guideline Watch 2005)
  • Delirium (Practice Guideline 1999, Guideline Watch 2004)
  • Eating Disorders (Practice Guideline 2006, Guideline Watch 2012)
  • HIV/AIDS (Practice Guideline 2000, Guideline Watch 2006)
  • Major Depressive Disorder (Practice Guideline 2010)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Practice Guideline 2007, Guideline Watch 2013)
  • Panic Disorder (Practice Guideline 2009)
  • Schizophrenia (Practice Guideline 2004, Guideline Watch 2009)
  • Substance Use Disorders (Practice Guideline 2006, Guideline Watch 2007)
  • Suicidal Behaviors (Practice Guideline 2003)

Alcohol and Substance Use

Guideline for Alcohol and Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), plus Prescriptions Drug Abuse Prevention Supplement, Pain Contract, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Supplement, and Strategies for Implementing SBIRT in Clinical Practices (2011)
Depression Guideline plus Depression Supplement (2011), Treatment Tracking Log for Depression (2011), and Pregnancy-Related Depression and Anxiety Symptoms Guidance (2017).

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
Behavioral Health Guidelines

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Primary Care for School-Age Children/Adolescents (2014), and Depression, Adults in Primary Care (2013)

National Institute for Health and Clinical Execellence (NICE)
General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder (with or without Agoraphobia) in Adults
Management in primary, secondary and community care (2011)

Pediatrics®, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC): II. Treatment and Ongoing Management (November 2007)


American Psychiatric Association (APA), Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives.
Learn More About…

Online fact sheets on 30 different mental health topics including ADHD, addiction, anxiety, bipolar disorder, bullying, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias, and more

What is Mental Illness Fact Sheet

Free downloadable fact sheet in English, Amharic, Oromo, Somali, and Tigrinya

Let’s Talk Colorado
Colorado-Based Mental Health Resources
Colorado-focused media campaign created by the Colorado-based State Innovation Model with resources about common mental health concerns and resources to access physical and mental health care.

Medline Plus
Mental and Behavioral Health Topics

Online fact sheets on over two dozen topics including Alzheimer’s Disease, antidepressants, autism, compulsive gambling, coping with chronic illness, learning disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Brochures, fact sheets, and booklets on various mental and behavioral health topics available online, in print, and some in Spanish, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office on Women’s Health
Women’s Mental Health: What it Means to You
Consumer booklet that addresses mental health stigma, provides information on signs and symptoms of mental illness, and includes suggestions for support, coping, and prevention


Click here
to find the following archived webcasts in the CHAMPS Distance Learning Library:

  • Exploring Behavioral Health Integration Models throughout Region VIII, 2/11/16
  • Behavioral Health Integration Models for CHCs: Balancing the Team and Workflow, 2/25/15
  • Practical Approaches to Managing Your Overweight and Obese Patients, 11/16/2006
  • Promoting Successful Tobacco Cessation: Treatment Recommendations and Systems Changes for CHCs, 3/28/2007
  • Introduction to SBIRT Series Session 1 – How to Implement Screening, Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), 5/28/2008
  • Introduction to SBIRT Series Session 2 – Brief Intervention and Brief Therapy, 8/20/2008
  • Introduction to SBIRT Series Session 3 – New Clinical Guidelines for Alcohol and Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment, 10/7/2008
  • Lifestyle Modifications for Prevention and Management of Diabetes Mellitus, 4/15/2009
  • Bipolar Disorders vs. Borderline Personality Disorder, 3/1/2011

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) Brief Overview and three videos (3-5 minutes each) providing MI techniques used in a patient care setting, and other resources including MI self-assessment scales, questionnaire, and sample MI questions and statements

Mental Health First Aid USA
12-Hour Course Quick Start Guide
Face-to-face course that can be brought into health centers to introduce participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, help them understand the impact, and review common treatments

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Upcoming and Archived Webinars

Free live and archived webinars on various behavioral health topics

National Institute on Drug Abuse
NMAssist: Screening for Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Web-based interactive tool that guides clinicians through a short series of screening questions and generates a substance involvement score that suggests the level of intervention needed

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Resources for Medical and Health Professionals
Screening tools, physician clinical support system, clinical curriculum, CME program, reference charts and posters, patient handouts, fact sheets, and other resources for clinical settings

Partnership for Early Childhood Mental Health
Early Childhood Mental Health Toolkit
Toolkit to health professionals to help integrate mental health services into the pediatric medical home

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Professional and Research Topics

Online library of publications on various professional mental health topics including access to care, administration, costs, quality improvement, cultural competency, drug use trends, ethics, insurance, process improvement, service coordination, technology, and more

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health (Diálogos comunitarios acerca de la salud mental)

Free, downloadable resource that includes an Information Brief, Discussion Guide, Planning Guide, and Newsletter in both English and Spanish

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Research to Practice Webinars

Archived and upcoming webinars on multiple topics related to suicide including, LGBT, behavioral health disorders, specific populations, screening, substance abuse, and more

TeenScreen, National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University
Incorporating Substance Abuse Screening Into Adolescent Office Visits: CRAFFT Questionnaire
The CRAFFT questionnaire, reproduced with support of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, with information on administering and scoring, interpreting results, engaging parents, and coding and payment

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Webpage on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) information for researchers, providers, and helpers
PTSD: Professional
Tools to support mental health providers who treat Veterans
Community Provider Toolkit

U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF)
Final Recommendation Statement
Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening

Final Recommendation Statement
Depression in Adults: Screening

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Healthcare and Behavioral Health Stakeholders

Programs and initiatives for behavioral health care professionals including training, population-specific behavioral health support, professional student exchange program, rural behavioral health, Western Regional Graduate Program, and more


AIMS Center (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions)

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Center for Rural Health, University or North Dakota School of Medicine, Mental Health

Chronic Pain Resources
Substance Use Disorder Resources
Opioid Use Disorder Resources
Tobacco Cessation Resources

Mental Health America (MHA)

Mountain Plains Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Project INTERFACE, an Initiative of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

WICHE, Mental Health Program, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office on Women’s Health, Mental Health Resources