Sequential Intercept Model

Please click the intercept number you are interested in to learn more. You can also click the title above to read a brief about each intercept number.

Sequential Intercept Model

Please click the intercept number you are interested in to learn more. You can also click the title above to read a brief about each intercept number.

The Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) pictured above, is a model which identifies five key points of interception for individuals with behavioral health issues, linking them to services and preventing further involvement with the criminal justice system (SAMHSA, 2017).
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As more resources become available, each intercept page will be updated with new information. Please check back frequently to get the most current and up-to-date information on best-practices, research, and policy within each area of the intercept model.

Intercept 0 (Prevention):

To address the need for services and treatment before criminal justice involvement, the Policy Research Associates, Inc., which operates the GAINS Center, introduced Intercept 0 to the Sequential Intercept Model.  The goal of this intercept is to connect individuals to treatment before there is a behavioral health crisis, or at the earliest stage of interaction with the criminal justice system (PRA, 2016). read more…

Intercept 1 (Law Enforcement):

This intercept includes contact with law enforcement, as well as emergency and crisis response. read more…

Intercept 2 (Initial Detention/Initial Court Hearing):

a point where post-arrest diversion programs are the next opportunity for diversion from an individual going further into the criminal justice system. read more…

Intercept 3 (Jails/Courts):

represents a time when individuals have already entered the criminal justice system and are incarcerated in jail, or on bail waiting to go to court. read more…

Intercept 4 (Reentry):

when individuals have gone through the criminal justice system, or the behavioral health system and have been absent from their community and are now reentering. read more…

Intercept 5 (Community Corrections):

represents community supervision of individuals whom are either on probation or parole. read more…