Behavioral Health

Behavioral health consists of the connection between behavior and the health and well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. Such well-being implies not only the absence of mental illness but also the presence of positive characteristics including the ability to manage stress, demonstrate resilience, and build strong, supportive relationships. Behavioral health captures a wide range of services and practices aimed at preventing or intervening in mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and other related conditions.

The integration of behavioral health into overall health care is important to address behavioral factors in achieving and maintaining health. Effective behavioral health services can result in improved mental and physical health outcomes, reduced incidence of chronic diseases, decreased healthcare costs, and enhanced quality of life.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Behavioral Health Disorders

Common types of behavioral health disorder:

  • Depression and anxiety disorders, affecting mood, thoughts, and behaviors.
  • Substance use disorders, characterized by inability to control substance use despite potential harm.
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, involving extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food.
  • Social isolation, characterized by the lack of relationships with others and minimal social support or contact.

Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral health services, as specified below, aim to prevent, diagnose, and treat behavioral health disorders. 

  • Counseling and psychotherapy to address mental health issues and improve coping strategies.
  • Support groups and peer support for shared experiences and mutual aid.
  • Preventive services to mitigate risk factors before they develop into more serious conditions.
  • Rehabilitation services for substance use disorders, including detoxification and long-term treatment plans.