Behavioral Health Nursing Services

Mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) nursing services are performed by registered nurses or licensed practical nurses. They include those activities that are performed within professional scope of practice and in authorized settings by staff that are licensed by the Ohio board of nursing and are intended to address the behavioral and other physical health needs of individuals receiving treatment for psychiatric symptoms or substance use disorders. Activities may include but are not limited to performance of the following: health care screenings, nursing assessments, nursing exams, checking vital signs, monitoring the effects of medication, monitoring symptoms, behavioral health education, collaboration with the individual and/or family as clinically indicated, and group nursing services.

Individualized assessments that are age, gender, and culturally appropriate to determine an individual’s diagnosis, treatment needs, and to establish a treatment plan to address the individuals substance use disorder.