Innovation in the Delivery of Behavioral Health Services

Thomas D’Aunno, Charles J. Neighbors

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Several factors motivate the need for innovation to improve the delivery of behavioral health services, including increased rates of mental health and substance use disorders, limited access to services, inconsistent use of evidence-based practices, and persistent racial and ethnic disparities. This narrative review identifies promising innovations that address these challenges, assesses empirical evidence for the effectiveness of these innovations and the extent to which they have been adopted and implemented, and suggests next steps for research. We review five categories of innovations: organizational models, including a range of novel locations for providing services and new ways of organizing services within and across sites; information and communication technologies; workforce; treatment technologies; and policy and regulatory changes. We conclude by discussing the need to strengthen and accelerate the contributions of implementation science to close the gap between the launch of innovative behavioral health services and their widespread use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-525
Number of pages19
JournalAnnual Review of Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 20 2024


  • behavioral health services
  • diffusion
  • implementation science
  • innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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