Best Practices & Practice Guidelines

Best practices are strategies, activities and approaches that research and evaluation have shown to be effective in preventing and/or or delaying substance abuse, violence, or other problem behaviors. Cenpatico has adopted the following Best Practices:
  • Motivational Interviewing,
  • Permanent Supportive Housing,
  • Consumer Operated Services, and
  • Housing First.
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), has researched and published reference documents called Technical Assistance Documents or Practice Protocols over the years. Cenpatico has adopted these clinical guidance documents by contractual references. These documents are located at  In addition, AHCCCS recommends the use of “Tool Kits” available on the AHCCCS website in the Medical Policy Manual, Appendix E and F located at

Cenpatico Practice Guidelines

Primary Care Physicians Treatment Guidelines

These training modules are intended to assist the PCP in assessing the needs of the child-adolescent and adult populations with regards to the management of specific behavioral health diagnoses. These training modules are provided as additional support to the “Tool Kits” recommended by AHCCCS.

Additional References

Additional practice guidelines are available on the websites of various national professional organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).