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The Sequential Intercept Model has been used as a focal point for states and communities to assess available resources, determine gaps in services, and plan for community change. These activities are best accomplished by a team of stakeholders that cross over multiple systems, including mental health, substance abuse, law enforcement, pre-trial services, courts, jails, community corrections, housing, health, social services, peers, family members, and many others.

For years, the Sequential Intercept Model has helped the law enforcement and criminal justice communities work with behavioral health professionals to identify points for diversion and treatment for people with mental or substance use disorders who come in contact with the criminal justice system. In recent years, momentum has grown to provide earlier intervention services to individuals in the effort to prevent criminal justice involvement.To address this desire to provide services and treatment before criminal justice involvement, Policy Research Associates, Inc., which operates the GAINS Center, has introduced Intercept 0 to the Sequential Intercept Model. The goal of Intercept 0 is to align systems and services and connect individuals in need with treatment before a behavioral health crisis begins or at the earliest possible stage of system interaction.