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Outpatient behavioral health services for mental health and substance use needs are covered by Optum Idaho through the Idaho Behavioral Health Plan. The amount and length of services provided will be based on your needs and medical necessity. There are no service limitations for covered services managed by Optum Idaho. Services may be provided in a provider’s office, your home or the community.

Some services need prior authorization. This means your provider must contact us before providing the service. Your provider will coordinate referrals with other doctors. You do not need an authorization for emergency service. Your provider can request an authorization by calling Optum Idaho Member Services.

Services are provided by licensed (or otherwise certified) behavioral health and substance use disorder professionals. These professionals include doctors and psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, substance use disorder counselors, other professional counselors, certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners, case managers and peer support staff.

Listed below are the services available for children and youth. Click on the name of the service for the definition and additional information on each.


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