Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Resources

Medicaid/CHIP Plans

Members can self-refer to a behavioral health practitioner that is a CHRISTUS Health Plan participating provider. Prior authorization is not required for routine outpatient therapy. Several behavioral health services, however, do require prior authorization including:

  • Inpatient admissions
  • Residential Treatment Center (RTC) admissions
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)
  • Psychological testing
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Outpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Biofeedback
  • Amytal interview
  • Psychiatric home care services
  • Outpatient Detoxification
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

Participating providers are responsible for complying with the prior authorization requirements, policies and procedures and for obtaining a prior authorization number to ensure the payment of claims. Providers should call 1-800-323-0208 to identify participating behavioral health providers, request pre authorization and/or case management for inpatient admissions and outpatient services.