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Topic: Mental Health

Mental health services are psychological and psychiatric treatment and counseling services for individuals with a diagnosed mental illness. They are conducted in a group or individual setting, and provided by a mental health professional licensed or authorized within the State to render such services. Such professionals typically include psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers.

In addition to the below resources, see MentalHealth.Gov (resources for consumers and providers) and the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (for resources on integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions).


  • Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care
    HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau
    April 2014

    This manual was developed to provide clinicians with ready access to practical, current, treatment information so that they may provide quality care to people living with HIV.

Training resources

  • AETC NRC Logo
    AETC National Resource Center
    January 2014

    Clinical education/training resources and patient education materials from the HRSA AETC network.



  • Hands with House
    April 2014

    Resources address the development of services that integrate primary care with behavioral health services to better address mental health and substance use needs. 

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    June 2013
    Consumer-friendly website with tools to help with the basics of mental health, the signs of mental illness, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The site also includes tools for providers and a treatment locator.



  • Mental Health AIDS Newsletter
    September 2011

    Archived issues of this quarterly newsletter on biopsychosocial research on HIV and mental health. Issues are organized by topic area. Each issue also includes a "tool box" feature article, plus the newest resources (books, articles, Web sites) for clinical practice.


  • SAMISS Screening Tool
    Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    January 2007

    Sixteen-question tool to screen for mental health and substance abuse conditions, takes under 15 minutes to administer. Developed under multiple Federal funding sources including HRSA. Excel file includes manual and electronic scoring tools, followed by scoring key.


  • Client Diagnostic Questionnaire
    Cicatelli Associates, Inc.
    January 2002

    A screening tool designed for use by non-mental health professionals to assess mental health psychiatric disorders prevalent among persons infected with HIV or at high risk of infection. The tool, which takes 15-20 minutes to complete, is a modification of the PRIME-MD screening tool.



  • Oregon Health Authority
    Oregon Health Authority, October 2012

    Series of care plan forms to assess clients in terms of intake, assessment, and care. Forms include: intake, eligibility determination, residency verification, screening for care and psychological services, client rights and responsibilities, nursing assessment, and a care plan.

  • Hartford Department of Health and Human Services
    Hartford Department of Health and Human Services, February 2010

    Form for staff to assess care plan needs of clients, every 6 months, in terms of case management, home health, respite, housing, mental health, substance abuse treatment, legal, and financial assistance.

  • West Central Florida Health Council
    Tampa/St. Petersburg EMA, January 2009

    Excel-based tools, each focused on collection of data on the following: adherence, dental care, mental health, and primary care.

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