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BHS Definitions List (revised 06/15/13)
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Behavioral Health Category Assignment
One of five possible designations (i.e., child non-SED, child with SED, adult with SMI, adult non-SMI with general mental health need and adult non-SMI with substance abuse) that is assigned to each person enrolled in the ADHS/DBHS behavioral health system.
Behavioral Health Medical Practitioner
An individual licensed and authorized by law to use and prescribe medication and devices, as defined in A.R.S. § 32-1901, and who is one of the following with at least one year of full-time behavioral health work experience:
- A physician;
- A physician assistant; or
- A nurse practitioner.
Behavioral Health Paraprofessional
An individual who meets the applicable requirements in R9-20-204 and has:
- An associate's degree;
- A high school diploma; or
- A high school equivalency diploma.
Behavioral Health Professional
An individual who meets the applicable requirements in A.A.C. R9-20-204 and is a licensed:
- Behavioral health medical practitioner,
- Social worker,
- Marriage and family therapist,
- Substance abuse counselor, or
- Registered nurse with at least one year of full-time behavioral health work experience.
Behavioral Health Recipient
Any adult or child that receives services through ADHS/DBHS funded programs (including prevention activities for non-enrolled persons).
Behavioral Health Related Field
Includes psychology, sociology/social work, counseling (including chemical dependency), nursing, and social/human services-related fields with focus on behavioral health (for a list of behavioral health classes, see PM Attachment 3.20.1, Examples of College Classes Relevant to Behavioral Health).
Behavioral Health Representative
A behavioral health professional, a behavioral health technician or a paraprofessional who is responsible for assisting the team in treatment planning, securing behavioral health services, and any other processes requiring involvement or facilitation from the behavioral health system. The behavioral health representative can also be the Clinical Liaison or work under their clinical direction.
Behavioral Health Status
A person's overall emotional and psychological condition including the use of a person's cognitive and emotional capabilities, the ability to function in society, and other skills needed to meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.
Behavioral Health Technician
An individual who meets the applicable requirements in A.A.C. R9-20-204 and:
- Has a master's degree or bachelor's degree in a field related to behavioral health;
- Is a registered nurse;
- Is a physician assistant who is not working as a medical practitioner;
- Has a bachelor's degree and at least one year of full-time behavioral health work experience;
- Has an associate's degree and at least two years of full-time behavioral health work experience;
- Has a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma and:
- 18 credit hours of post-high school education in a field related to behavioral health completed no more than four years before the date the individual begins providing behavioral health services and two years of full-time behavioral health work experience; or
- Four years of full-time behavioral health work experience; or
- Is licensed as a practical nurse, according to A.R.S. Title 32, Chapter 15, with at least two years of full-time behavioral health work experience.
Behavioral Health Work Experience
For the purposes of this policy, behavioral health work experience includes paid work and volunteer work in the behavioral health field that is directly related to the services the direct service staff member intends to provide.
Strategies, activities and approaches that have been shown to be effective, through research and evaluation at preventing and/or or delaying substance abuse, violence, or other problem behaviors.
Federal money allocated to states, cities, or counties for distribution to community groups, charities, and other social service providers, most often administered under the allocated agency's rules and regulations (also known as "formula" grant). HHS Block Grants
The affectional tie and warm, loving commitment of the caregiver to the infant. Although, colloquially, the term "bonding" tends to be used interchangeably with the word "attachment" or the general concept of emotional connectedness, the literature tends to reserve this term for the caregiver's side of the attachment relationship.