Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Model

Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Model

The Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Model recognizes multiple opportunities for addressing behavioral health problems and disorders. Based on the Mental Health Intervention Spectrum, first introduced in a 1994 Institute of Medicine report, the model includes the following components:


These strategies are designed to create environments and conditions that support behavioral health and the ability of individuals to withstand challenges. Promotion strategies also reinforce the entire continuum of behavioral health services.


Delivered prior to the onset of a disorder, these interventions are intended to prevent or reduce the risk of developing a behavioral health problem.


These services are provided for individuals diagnosed with a substance use or other behavioral health disorder.


These services support individuals’ abilities to live productive lives in the community.