Practice Guidelines

The NMRE supports the use of practice guidelines that are evidence based and widely acceptable. The NMRE’s practice guidelines comprise of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) practice guidelines, other practice guidelines reviewed and made available by the APA (e.g., VA/DoD, ASAM, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - AACAP), MDHHS practice guidelines and region-specific practice guidelines.

The APA practice guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders and are intended to assist in clinical decision making by presenting systematically developed patient care strategies in a standardized format.

Clinical Practice Guidelines created or made available by the American Psychiatric Association

  1. Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia
  2. Pharmacological Treatment of Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder
  3. Use of Antipsychotics to Treat Agitation or Psychosis in Patients with Dementia
  4. Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults
  5. Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  6. Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
  7. Bipolar Disorder
  8. Borderline Personality Disorder
  9. Eating Disorders
  10. Major Depressive Disorder
  11. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  12. Panic Disorder
  13. Substance Use Disorders
  14. Suicidal Behaviors
  15. ASAM Clinical Practice Guideline on Alcohol Withdrawal Management – 2020
  16. VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline on the Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide
  17. VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline on the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Reaction
  18. AACAP Clinical Practice Guidelines

MDHHS Practice Guidelines


  1. Access Standards
  2. Consumerism Practice Guideline
  3. Customer Services Standards
  4. Family-Driven and Youth-Guided Policy and Practice Guidelines
  5. Housing Practice Guideline
  6. Inclusion Practice Guideline
  7. Medicaid Verification Process
  8. Credentialing and Re-Credentialing Processes
  9. Person-Centered Planning Practice Guideline
  10. Personal Care in Non-Specialized Residential Settings
  11. Reciprocity Standards