The Behavioral Health Program is one of the most recent innovations of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the name indicates this program focuses on behavior. It targets a number of issues that are related to mental health and well-being such as substance abuse depression anxiety obsessive compulsive disorder bipolar disorder and eating disorders. The program aims at treating these conditions at one go and relieving them from their long-term effects rather than resorting to a more individualized approach. In order to achieve this it adopts a multi-pronged approach which takes into consideration all of the health concerns related to the individual. This means that different approaches to dealing with the symptoms of mental illnesses have to be adopted simultaneously.
This program has been devised in consultation with mental health care professionals and is an initiative designed for the welfare of the public. The idea behind this program is to reduce the stress and stigma that come with the problems associated with psychiatric illness while still offering assistance to those who may need it. In addition the program makes use of innovative ways to encourage the participation of the general public in helping to improve the conditions of the patients in the long run. As the program is implemented on an individual basis patients can be helped to understand that they have a stake in the decision making process as they will be in a position to decide on a course of action. This is possible as the program encourages the participation of patients in all activities that relate to the success of the program. Patients who get good results from the program can also get discounts on certain medical services.
The program targets all forms of behavior including those related to the mental as well as physical body. Although the program targets psychiatric illnesses it also tries to offer solutions to other mental and psychological disorders. This includes alcoholism drug abuse suicidal tendencies eating disorders substance abuse and other mental illnesses which are related to health conditions.