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So what, exactly, is behavioral health “treatment?”

This question might seem disingenuous, or simply rhetorical, to anyone who is employed in the behavioral healthcare or social services fields.  I posit it is anything but. My agency is one of many that serves individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders and other special needs, and our workforce is comprised of paraprofessionals who possess training and experience in the provision of rehabilitative services to our clients.  They do not hold professional licenses (excepting those in supervisory capacities) nor do they deliver or receive reimbursement for behavioral health “treatment.”  In fact, they are continually reminded of this and advised to redirect any treatment-related issues to properly qualified personnel within our local clinics, hospitals, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) programs and other “professional” settings.  In other words,