Which Behavioral Health Professional Is Right For You?

There are many types of behavioral health (BH) professionals.

If you’re looking for a behavioral health (BH) (mental health and substance use disorder) professional, consider starting with your primary care provider (PCP). He or she can suggest the type of BH professional you should call.

Behavioral health providers can be located in health centers or outpatient mental health centers, or they may have their own private practice office. Members can use our doctor search tool to find clinics in the “places by type” search or can look for individual providers in the “doctors by name” or “doctors by specialty”.

Here is some information about the types of providers that may be able to help you based on your needs:

Who can prescribe psychiatric medication for me?

Psychiatric nurse clinical specialists and psychiatrists are able to prescribe psychiatric medication. Some PCPs and nurse practitioners (NPs) can prescribe basic psychiatric medications. PCPs and NPs may also be able to prescribe psychiatric medication until you are able to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist or psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.

Who can I see for counseling?

Licensed independent clinical social workers, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists are all qualified to provide BH counseling. Licensed alcohol and drug counselors work specifically with persons who have substance use disorder. Board certified behavioral analysts work to develop behavioral programs for those with autism or other developmental disabilities.