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Clinical practice: Behavioral health medical clearance
Guidelines for medical clearance for patients requiring inpatient psychiatric care including guidelines for lab work, vital signs, and general medical care needs.

Clinical practice: Depression screening (adults and adolescents in primary care settings)
It is an expected clinical practice that patients > 12 years of age presenting to primary care offices will be screened for depression using an age-appropriate standardized screening tool. Positive screening results will trigger further evaluation. After diagnosis is confirmed using standard diagnostic criteria, an individual plan of care will be developed for treatment and follow-up.

Clinical Practice: Identification and Assessment of Patients at High Risk for Suicide – Adolescents/Adults
It is an expected clinical practice that all adolescents, 13 years and older, and adults patients admitted to inpatient behavioral health will undergo an assessment to determine their risk for suicide.  The suicidal assessment will be available in two different procedures, a systematic interview by a trained clinician and a rating scale specific to suicidal prediction. The systematic suicidal interview assessment is to be conducted at admission by a psychiatrist and at minimum, a suicide scale performed at discharge. Suicide assessment scales can be conducted by trained RNs and master level therapists or counselors. The more complete and thorough the baseline assessment, the greater the clinicians ability to plan and implement an effective intervention.

Clinical practice: Acute use of buprenorphine for the treatment of opoid dependence and detoxification - adult
It is an expected clinical practice that all patients age 16 – 65 years with some physician discretion, presenting to a Banner Behavioral Health facilities with short-acting opioid dependency will be evaluated and assessed for the use of buprenorphine for the purposes of detoxification in acute withdrawal from short-acting opioids.

Clinical Practice: Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
It is an expected clinical practice that all patients 12 years of age and older presenting to a primary care clinic who have screened positive for depression using Banner Health’s approved screening process and after further evaluation have been diagnosed with Major Depressive disorder (MDD) will receive treatment based on the severity of symptoms and clinical judgment. This clinical practice has been defined by not yet fully implemented.

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