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Practice Guidelines to Better Serve Special Populations

Posted 3/24/2021 at 4:50 PM

Providers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with and adopt these practice guidelines

Healthfirst supports the need for specialized expertise in the assessment and care of special populations and encourages providers to familiarize themselves with and adopt evidence-based practices to better serve them.

    • Evidence-based practices (EBPs) integrate the best available evidence with clinical knowledge and expertise while taking into consideration the patient’s needs and preferences. Providers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with and adopt EBPs.

      This document outlines EBPs that have proved effective in treating children and youths who have experienced traumatic events and struggle with behavioral problems and substance abuse. 

    • Transition Age Youth (TAY) are young people ages 18 to 25 years who are transitioning into the adult system and who received intensive children’s services between the ages of 16 and 20 from any Office of Mental Health (OMH), Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), or Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) licensed, certified, or funded children’s program, and State Education 853 schools providing day and/or residential programs for students with disabilities.

      This document outlines the challenges of TAY and includes resources, such as best practices. 

    If you have any questions, contact your Network Account Manager, or call Provider Services at 1-888-801-1660, Monday to Friday, 8:30am–5:30pm.

    Evidence Based Practices