About HBI

Company Overview

Founded in 1990, Human Behavior Institute (HBI) is a full-service behavioral health organization headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a leader in the development of effective quality assurance programs, Human Behavior Institute is devoted to excellence in clinical care and customer service, and adheres to URAC and NCQA standard of quality.

Human Behavior Institute develops and implements managed behavioral health services and employee assistance programs. Unlike others, Human Behavior Institute is the only behavioral health managed care company that has specialty clinics allowing members the flexibility of choosing a network provider and the option to access specialized services through our staff model.

Human Behavior Institute’s approach to behavioral healthcare is innovative, dynamic, solution-focused, and diverse – where the clinical practice is interdependent with managed care obtaining data from these two integral functions in order to develop and implement targeted programming to address issues and provide solutions. Accountability, creativity, and measurable outcomes are the hallmarks of our behavioral care products.


Mission Statement

HBI believes that the management and delivery of behavioral health services is a partnership among members, providers, employers, and shareholders.

HBI promotes early intervention, wellness, and high-quality accessible behavioral health to our customers in an efficient and financially sound manner.

HBI accomplishes these goals with a team of highly creative, dedicated, professional, and skilled staff members and providers. As a team, we regularly evaluate current practices and implement innovative programs and services to meet the needs of our industry partners. Our flexibility allows us to address the needs of our members, providers, and employers with accessible, cost-effective, and clinically appropriate resources.

Founder and Clinical Director

Dr. Abi-Karam has an expansive administrative and clinical experience in the field of behavioral and mental healthcare. With a mission to create behavioral health programs and services, where managed care decisions are made based on measurable clinical outcomes, he founded Human Behavior Institute in 1990. He formed Staff Model Clinics and organized teams of multi-disciplinary professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, drug and alcohol counselors, and administrative support. These Staff Model Clinics offer a myriad of treatment programs and services that can be tailored to suit the requirements of members of different industries and insurance plans, within both commercial and public sectors. As a respected leader in the behavioral and mental healthcare field, Dr. Abi-Karam provides consultations on developing specialized programs, management criteria, and policies for different insurance plans and community agencies, including the NV Department of Health and Human Services, Children and Family Services, and policy makers.

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, he provides evaluation, psychological testing, intervention, counseling, and psychotherapy to adults, children, adolescents and families. His interests are in behavioral medicine, treating individuals who suffer from panic attacks, anxiety disorders, depression, pain, phobias and eating disorders, utilizing various techniques to deal with psychological issues such as bio-feedback training and hypnotherapy. He obtained his Master of Science from Pepperdine University in 1970 and Doctor of Psychology in 1977 from the United States International University,

Outside of HBI commitments, he keeps his body and mind healthy by hiking or fishing, where his great ideas are conceived. Dr. Abi-Karam also likes traveling to different continents. Visiting other countries gives him the sensitivity to the different cultural idiosyncrasies, which in turn allows him to implement effective treatment programs in a diverse community.

Our Clinical Staff

HBI’s Staff Model Clinics have the largest number of highly qualified clinicians combined in the state of Nevada. Having direct access to a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural clinical team “under one roof” puts Human Behavior Institute in a unique position to create specialized programs unmatched by any behavioral health managed care company nationwide. Human Behavior Institute’s team consists of a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Psychiatric APRN's, Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Clinical Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Doctoral and Master Level Clinicians, and Rehabilitative Service Providers.

Human Behavior Institute has the intrinsic ability to respond to the needs of a mutually diverse community.

Our accreditations and certifications

URAC Accredited

URAC Accredited

HBI’s approach to behavioral health care is innovative, dynamic, solution-focused, and diverse where the clinical practice is interdependent with managed care - obtaining data from these two integral functions in order to develop and implement targeted programming to address issues and provide solutions. “Maintaining URAC’s accreditation since 2007 is a recognition of our commitment in providing high quality programs and services to our members and partners”, declares HBI Founder and President, Anis Abi-Karam, Ph.D. “Accountability, innovation, and measurable outcomes are hallmarks of our behavioral and mental health care services.”

“We applaud Human Behavior Institute (HBI) on achieving URAC accreditation. With this distinction, HBI demonstrates excellence in quality health care delivery and their commitment to ensuring patient safety”, said URAC President and CEO Shawn Griffin, M.D.

About URAC

Founded in 1990 as a non-profit organization, URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality and patient safety through renowned accreditation programs. URAC develops its evidence-based standards in collaboration with a wide array of stakeholders and industry experts. The company’s portfolio of accreditation and certification programs span the health care industry, addressing health care management and operations, pharmacies, telehealth, health plans, medical practices and more. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Health and Human Services
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency

Certifies that

Human Behavior Institute Clinical Services
2740 S Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146

Has met applicable rules and regulations as defined by
the Nevada Revised Statutes 458 and is certified to provide the following services:

Co-Occurring Disorder Endorsement Capable
Level 1 Adolescent Outpatient Services
Level 2.1 Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Services
Level 1 Adult Outpatient Services
Level 2.1 Adult Intensive Outpatient Services



Human Behavior Institute is a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Approved Site, allowing HBI clinicians to qualify for assistance in their repayment of outstanding qualifying school loans through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program (LRP). Thus, enhancing HBI’s efforts in recruiting highly-qualified and dedicated mental health and substance abuse clinicians.

The NHSC LRP is administered by the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NHSC LRP seeks primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse ‐midwives, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, and behavioral and mental health providers (health service psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurse specialists, and licensed professional counselors) to provide culturally competent, interdisciplinary primary health care services to underserved populations located in selected Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).  Human Behavior Institute (HBI) is located in a selected HPSA for Mental Health services.  In return, the NHSC LRP assists clinicians in their repayment of outstanding qualifying educational loans. NHSC Loan Repayment funds are exempt from Federal income and employment taxes. These funds are not included as wages when determining benefits under the Social Security Act.

For questions about the NHSC LRP, please call 1‐800‐221‐9393 (TTY: 1‐877‐897‐9910), or email GetHelp@hrsa.gov, Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays) 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST.