Behavioral Health, U.S., 2012 Report

“SAMHSA’s new publication, Behavioral Health, United States, 2012, provides in-depth information about the behavioral health (mental and/or substance use disorders) of the nation. Drawing on 40 different data sources, this publication includes national and state-level trends in private and public sector behavioral health services, costs, and clients.

The report reveals that from 2010-2011 over 41 million U.S. adults had a mental illness that affected their ability to conduct daily activities.  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.  Behavioral Health, United States, 2012 includes information on behavioral health treatment for special populations such as children, military personnel, nursing home residents, and individuals who are incarcerated.

The report is divided into three sections:

  • Behavioral Health Disorders across the Life Span
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Impairment in Functioning
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Treatment Landscape

The volume also includes 172 tables, which are organized into four sections:

  • Behavioral Health of the Population: the mental health status of the U.S. population and prevalence of mental illness;
  • Behavioral Health Service Utilization: providers and settings for behavioral health services; types of behavioral health services provided; and rates of utilization;
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Capacity:  number of facilities providing mental health and substance abuse services; numbers of qualified specialty mental health and substance abuse providers; and
  • Payer and Payment Mechanisms: expenditures and sources of funding for behavioral health services.

The document can be downloaded at: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2012BehavioralHealthUS/2012-BHUS.pdf

Source: The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration – October 29, 2013

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