Resources on this population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.
Data and Reports
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Report: Need for and Receipt of Substance Use Treatment Among Blacks – 2013 looks at the need for and receipt of substance use treatment among African Americans and people from other racial and ethnic groups ages 12 or older.
- NSDUH Report: Substance Use among Black Adolescents – 2011
- The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) Report: Non-Hispanic Black Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions for Cocaine Decreased from 2000 to 2010 – 2013 (PDF | 275 KB) looks at trends in cocaine-related admissions for treatment among African Americans and members of other racial and ethnic groups.
SAMHSA Programs and Initiatives
- The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health works to:
- Promote student behavioral health to positively impact student retention
- Expand campus service capacity, including the provision of culturally appropriate behavioral health resources
- Facilitate best practices dissemination and behavioral health workforce development
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Resources
- Drugs, Alcohol, and HIV/AIDS: A Consumer Guide for African Americans – 2015 is designed to increase awareness among African American consumers about the link between HIV/AIDS and substance use.
- Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities in African American Communities – 2014
- Video: Engaging the Diversity of the Black Community in ACA Outreach and Enrollment Efforts (1 hour, 24 minutes)
- Video: The ABC’s about the Impact of Literacy on Affordable Care Act Efforts in the Black Community (1 hour, 40 minutes)
Federal Initiatives and Resources
- Pathways to Freedom: Winning the Fight Against Tobacco from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – 2003 is a publication that addresses tobacco issues specific to African Americans, such as targeted advertising campaigns and historical, cultural, and socioeconomic influences.
- The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) seeks to strengthen the capacity of the HBCUs to provide excellence in education. Read Executive Order 13532.
- National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities: Brother, You’re On My Mind Toolkit – 2014 (PDF | 5.2 MB)
- African American Suicide Fact Sheet at the American Association of Suicidology – 2017 (PDF | 334 KB)
- African Americans and Mental Health at the American Psychiatric Association
- African Americans and Tobacco Use at the American Lung Association
- African American Communities and Mental Health at Mental Health America
- African Americans Have Limited Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Care at the American Psychological Association
- African American Health