Clinical Guidelines

Cascade Provider Panel

APA practice guidelines are intended to assist clinicians in clinical decision–making and to improve client care. They also document evidence available to determine appropriate care. A practice guideline is not a “standard of care.” The ultimate judgment regarding a particular clinical procedure or treatment plan must be made by the clinician in light of the clinical data presented by the client and the diagnostic and treatment options available.

APA practice guidelines are developed by expert work groups, who review available evidence using an explicit methodology. Iterative drafts undergo wide review by experts, allied organizations, and any APA member. Every guideline is also reviewed and approved for publication by the APA Assembly and Board of Trustees. The development of APA practice guidelines has not been financially supported by any commercial organization. We encourage you to review the Clinical Practice Guidelines pages periodically to learn about updates to the guidelines. As with clinical guidelines in general, Cascade's adopted guidelines are intended to augment, not replace, sound clinical judgment.

To obtain Cascade–adopted clinical practice guidelines owned by the American Psychiatric Association, contact the APA at:


Phone: (800) 368–5777

Mail: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc
1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209–3901

APA guidelines for specific disorders are located on the left.