Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Model
Substance abuse prevention is actively working prior to the onset of a disorder to prevent substance use or abuse. Prevention is an important part of the behavioral health continuum of care model, a comprehensive approach to behavioral health that recognizes multiple opportunities for addressing behavioral health problems and disorders. Each component presents opportunities for addressing behavioral health problems and for collaborating across sectors. Based on the Mental Health Intervention Spectrum, first introduced in a 1994 Institute of Medicine report, the model includes the following components:
- Promotion – Strategies designed to create environments and conditions that support behavioral health and the ability for individuals to withstand challenges. Promotion strategies also reinforce the entire continuum of behavioral health services.
- Prevention – Delivered prior to the onset of a disorder, these interventions are intended to prevent or reduce the risk of developing a behavioral health problem, such as underage alcohol use.
- Treatment – These services are for people diagnosed with a substance use or other behavioral health disorder.
- Recovery – These services support individuals’ abilities to live productive lives in the community and can often help with abstinence.
The Substance Abuse Prevention Program works in both the Promotion and Prevention realms.
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