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SAMHSA Bulletin

Date: 10/29/2013 10:00 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA releases Behavioral Health, U.S., 2012 report

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today released a report entitled Behavioral Health, United States, 2012 -- the latest in a series of publications (formerly known as Mental Health, United States) issued biennially by SAMHSA since 1980.   This report features mental health and substance abuse statistics at the national and state levels from 40 different data sources.   The report includes three key chapters:


·         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 report provides unique, comprehensive information regarding the delivery of behavioral health services in the U.S. It 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 diverse data sources, this publication also includes state level data and information on the behavioral health needs and services utilization of specific populations such as children, military personnel, nursing home residents, and incarcerated individuals.


A PDF copy of the report can be downloaded at:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Last updated: 10/29/2013 10:10 AM

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