29 October 2013 By: Judith L. Teich, MSW, Behavioral Research Scientist
Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality
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
To read more go to, http://blog.samhsa.gov/2013/10/29/behavioral-health-in-the-united-states/
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