In today’s dialogue about integrative medicine, healthcare reform, and reducing medical costs, behavioral health is essential to health. Approximately 11 million U.S. adults (4.8 percent) had a serious mental illness (SMI) in 2009. During the 2001-2004 period, one out of eight U.S. children aged 8 to 15 (or 13.1 percent) had a mental health disorder in the past year. In 2005, about $113 billion was spent on mental health. It is important for medical practitioners, researchers, school systems, parents, and the general public to understand the people who are affected by mental illness and what treatment options are available.
SAMHSA’s newly-released publication, Mental Health, United States, 2010, the latest in a series of publications issued by SAMHSA biannually since 1980, provides in-depth information regarding the current status of the mental health field. It includes mental health statistics at the national and State levels from 35 different data sources. The report is organized into three sections:
- People: the mental health status of the U.S. population and prevalence of mental illness;
- Providers: providers and settings for mental health services, types of mental health services, and rates of utilization;
- Payers: expenditures and sources of funding for mental health services.
No other HHS publication provides this type of comprehensive information regarding behavioral health services delivery in the U.S. This publication is the only available comprehensive source of national-level statistical information on trends in both private and public sector behavioral health services, costs, and clients. Drawing on 35 different data sources, this publication also includes State-level data and needs of special populations such as children, military families, nursing home residents, and incarcerated individuals.
You may order a hardcopy or download a PDF copy here: http://1.usa.gov/J4m3Ly