The Behavioral Health Continuum Part 1: Understanding the Role of Prevention and Opportunities for Collaboration

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Date: September 7, 2022 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table Contact Hours: 1.25 NAADAC
Time: 1 PM—2:30 PM ET Blank space (transparent) for table Cost: FREE Blank space (transparent) for table Target Audience: Prevention Professionals


Individual’s behavioral health needs exist along a continuum, with differing and overlapping challenges at varying points. Recognizing this, the U.S. Institute of Medicine created the Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Model. This model identifies the numerous types of behavioral health services that exist and illustrates the connections between them. Substance use prevention is a key component of this continuum. Additionally, all the facets of behavioral health are a key component to overall health and wellness. Recognizing this, SAMHSA and other stakeholders have undertaken many efforts to better integrate behavioral health and physical health services. It is important for prevention professionals to understand how their work fits into the overall behavioral health services landscape, how behavioral health can integrate with physical health services, and opportunities to improve both. This two-part webinar series will discuss these topics.



This webinar will review the scope and breadth of the behavioral health continuum of care and discuss the role of substance use prevention within it. As part of this, the webinar will examine the connections and overlaps between services and how collaboration across the continuum can improve service delivery and outcomes. It will also define a “culture of prevention” and examine how prevention can become more integral across the continuum. Lastly, the webinar will review specific opportunities for prevention to collaborate with other behavioral health services.



  1. Review the services across the behavioral health continuum of care
  2. Understand the need for collaboration across the continuum
  3. Define a “culture of prevention” and how prevention can reinforce its role in the continuum
  4. Discuss opportunities for prevention to collaborate with other behavioral health services



Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.

Emily Patton, MSEmily Patton, MSc, PgDip holds a Masters of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.





In order to be eligible for the 1.25 NAADAC contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in the Zoom platform.

Certificates must be requested within one week of the event and will be processed within 30 days.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.


Starts: Sep. 7, 2022 1:00 pm
Ends: Sep. 7, 2022 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
September 7, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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