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Concordia is interested in helping our members and their families stay healthy. The purpose of the Behavioral Health Screening Program is to determine whether a member warrants attention for a mental health and/or substance use condition.  Screening determines the likelihood that the member has one or more mental health and/or substance use disorders.

We have developed two Behavioral Health Screening Programs for common behavioral health conditions. These programs provide your members with the opportunity to complete a self-assessment with information that will help you assess and treat their behavioral health conditions. The Behavioral Health Screening programs cover depression and alcohol abuse.

Alcohol Abuse

Screening for at-risk drinking is recommended for all adults. The AUDIT for Adults is a validated, reliable, public domain at-risk-drinking screening instrumentsthat are suitable for self-administration and recommended for this population. The CDC recommends that health plans screen members for at-risk drinking.

Major Depressive Disorder

The USPSTF recommends screening adults for depression when staff-assisted depression care supports are in place and recommends against such screening when supports are not in place. The USPSTF further notes that persons with other psychiatric disorders, especially substance misuse, are at higher risk of depression. The proposed screening is the PHQ9 depression screener self-administered via Concordia’s website.

Screening Program Purpose.  Concordia implements behavioral health screening programs to determine whether a member warrants attention for a mental health and/or substance use condition.  Screening determines the likelihood that the member has one or more mental health and/or substance use disorders.

Target Population.  Based on a population assessment that identified depression and substance abuse as top diagnoses for Concordia adult members, we selected these two areas as targets for our Behavioral Health Screening Programs.  The target population consists of members beginning a new episode of behavioral health treatment.  Encouraging members to self-screen using the AUDIT or the PHQ9, and share the results with their treating practitioner at the beginning of an episode of treatment, would assist the Practitioner in formulating a more complete diagnostic picture and developing a more comprehensive treatment plan.

Program Management. Screening for at-risk drinking is recommended for all adults. The AUDIT for Adults is a validated, reliable, public domain at-risk-drinking screening instruments that are suitable for self-administration and recommended for this population. The CDC recommends that health plans screen members for at-risk drinking.  The USPSTF recommends screening adults for depression when staff-assisted depression care supports are in place and recommends against such screening when supports are not in place. The USPSTF further notes that persons with other psychiatric disorders, especially substance misuse, are at higher risk of depression. The instrument is the PHQ9 depression screener self-administered via Concordia’s website.

 Intervention and Frequency.  An episode counts as new if the member has not had office-based outpatient behavioral health treatment in the prior nine months.

Program Assessment and Outcome.  Annually, Concordia’s Quality Improvement Committee evaluates the Behavioral Health Screening programs.  The programs are revised as appropriate based on the annual evaluation.  If there have been changes, the Medical Director is consulted and decides whether the changes warrant a review of the related behavioral health screening program sooner than the regularly scheduled annual review.

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