Clinical Practice Guidelines

Community Care uses clinical practice guidelines to help you, and providers, make decisions about treatment and to ensure you get the best care. For example, it can be helpful to continue to receive substance use treatment even after you stop taking drugs or using alcohol. We recommend staying in treatment for depression, schizophrenia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and substance use disorders because we believe that continued treatment can help you in your recovery.

Community Care uses four guidelines:

  1. American Psychiatric Association (APA) Guideline for Major Depressive Disorder (Third Edition)
  2. American Psychiatric Association (APA) Guideline for Schizophrenia (Second Edition)
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Principles of Drug Addiction: A Research Based Guide (Third Edition)
  4. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Guideline for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD (First Edition)

Copies of the practice guidelines we use are also available online:

We welcome your feedback on these guidelines. If you would like to talk to us about the guidelines, call the Community Care office in your county.

For more information on these conditions or practice guidelines, please call the Community Care office in your county. You can also get additional information online for: