A Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

Author: 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This document is designed to serve as a behavioral health resource for consumers and offers important information about mental health and substance use disorder services, including definitions of behavioral health terms and guidance on how to find a behavioral health services provider, receive treatment and obtain follow-up care. It provides simple explanations of feelings and behaviors that may need attention, a checklist for getting help and treatment and tips for managing long-term behavioral health care. The resource walks through eight steps to offer information specific to behavioral health and contains a glossary and links to other federal resources.