Posted by: Frank Walker LMFT | April 16, 2015

More Americans Getting Therapy…

More Americans..



More Americans Getting Mental Health Treatment

Deborah Brauser

January 27, 2015

Behavioral health in the United States appears to be improving, especially for those between the ages of 12 and 17 years, a new report suggests.

The latest national behavioral health barometer from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that treatment for adults with mental illness increased from 62.9% in 2012 to 68.5% 1 year later.

  • Substance use treatment for all age groups also increased significantly.

In addition, adolescent use of illicit drugs decreased from 10.1% in 2009 to 8.8% in 2013, and use of nicotine cigarettes fell from 9% to 5.6%. Binge drinking and nonmedical use of pain relievers also decreased.

“The Barometer provides new insight into what is happening on the ground in states across the country,” Pamela S. Hyde, SAMHSA’s administrator, said in a release.

“States and local communities use these data to determine the most effective ways of addressing their behavioral healthcare needs,” she added.

The report was released by SAMHSA on January 26.

A report released earlier this month by Mental Health America, and reported at the time by Medscape Medical News, also examined mental health status across the states. It showed that Massachusetts had the highest rate of access to care and the lowest prevalence of mental illness, followed by Vermont, Maine, North Dakota, and Delaware.

On the other hand, the five lowest ranking states for access to care were Arizona, Mississippi, Nevada, Washington, and Nevada.

Overall, the current reports “provide critical information to a variety of audiences in support of…reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities,” Hyde concluded.

The overall and state-by-state reports are available for download on SAMHSA’s website.


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