For many years, Mental Health America has wanted to identify a common set of data indicators for mental health that would give a more complete picture of mental health status in America. As both the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were implemented, it also saw a need to establish a baseline from which we could document the successes and failures of both federal and state initiatives aimed at improving mental health status. This report is the result.
For the first time, Mental Health America has pulled together a number of indicators available across all fifty states and the District of Columbia. It has organized them into general categories relating to mental health status and access to mental health services. Some indicators are specific to children; others to adults. Together,they paint a picture across the entire nation of both the nation’s mental health and how well the nation is caring for it.
Click here to see MHA’s America’s Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015.
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