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September is Recovery Month, a national observance dedicated to promoting the message that, with the right help and support, people can recover from mental health and substance use disorders to live healthy, self-directed lives as valuable members of their community. Behavioral health disorders impact millions of people in the US, including our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Recovery Month is an important time to raise awareness about prevention, treatment, and recovery support resources available to those who are struggling with mental illness or addiction.

Optum Idaho is committed to helping people access the behavioral health care and treatment they need to reach recovery and lead healthy lives. Below is a list of mental health information and support resources to help you, or someone you care about, get started on the path to recovery:

  • Idaho CareLine (link: a statewide community information and referral source to programs that offer free or low cost health and human services or social services. To access this service, call 2-1-1 or visit They will direct you to resources and people who can help.
  • Idaho Federation of Families (link: this statewide organization provides support and education services to families with behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs.
  • Mental Health America (link: visit the "Finding Help" page for information on mental health conditions and links to resources in your area.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (link: DBSA is a national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder. It offers peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources including more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters. Click here (link: to find a DBSA chapter or support group near you, or to learn how to join a support group online.

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Early recognition is critical for recovery.

Common youth Disruptive Behavior Disorders include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, and Conduct Disorder.

Signs of Youth Disruptive Behavior Disorders may include:

  • Hyperactivity, impulsiveness and lack of concentration
  • Deliberate refusal of ordinary tasks and expectations
  • Purposeful deceitfulness, lying or stealing
  • Serious violations of age-appropriate rules

Children with these behaviors should have a comprehensive evaluation by an experienced, licensed behavioral health professional.

Early and comprehensive treatment is important to address these disorders, which can be effectively treated using evidence-based interventions to improve mood and behavior and minimize the risk of future problems.

Parents and/or caregivers should be engaged and active in all care decisions. Treatment therapies are most effective when parents and/or caregivers actively participate.

Idaho Treatment Resources:

For additional questions on treatment options and local resources to help families with disruptive behavior disorders, please talk to your provider. You can also review your Member Handbook, visit, or call the Optum Idaho Member Access and Crisis Line at 855-202-0973.

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