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


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Treatment of Depression in Children and Adolescents
Review which examines the benefits and harms of pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments for child and adolescent depressive disorders (April 2020)

American Medical Association (AMA)
Onset Timing, Thought of Self-harm, and Diagnoses in Postpartum Women with Screen-Positive Depression Findings
This article presents the findings from a study focused on screening for depression in postpartum women and evaluating positive screen findings to determine the timing of onset, rate and intensity of self-harm ideation, and primary and secondary DSM-IV disorders to inform treatment and policy decisions.

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

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

Maternal Mortality Review Information App (MMRIA)
Pregnancy-Related Deaths: Data from Maternal Mortality Review Committees in 36 US States, 2017-2019
Data on 1,018 pregnancy-related deaths among residents of 36 states from 2017-2019.

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

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit
Compiled evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing suicide prevention programs in rural communities across the United States (October 2019)

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

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

National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care Best Practice Toolkit
Toolkit that advances national guidelines in crisis care with information that supports program design, development, implementation, and continuous quality improvement efforts. It is intended to help mental health authorities, agency administrators, service providers, state and local leaders think through and develop the structure of crisis systems that meet community needs (February 2020)

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).

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

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

Free, 24/7, mental health support before, during, and after pregnancy with culturally sensitive support and connection to local resources.  Call or text 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) to connect with a counselor for English and Spanish-speaking clients.

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

Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health
Maternal Mental Health Fact Sheet
A fact sheet about maternal mental health including prevalence and range of disorders, why it matters, detection and treatment, and risk factors., 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


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 Mental Wellbeing
Upcoming and Archived Events

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 (NIDA)
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

Office of Minority Health (OMH), HHS
Think Cultural Health: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
Four-course e-learning program with a goal of helping behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency

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


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 of 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 Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA)

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