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OBHE utilizes federal and community data to identify, monitor, and respond to behavioral health disparities.

National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

The 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) includes slide decks (available as a PPT and PDF) based on the graphics, tables, and figures specific to subpopulations:

Reports and Spotlights

  • The Compendium of Federal Datasets Addressing Health Disparities (PDF | 4 MB) is a free resource of publicly available data relevant to research and programs aiming to reduce health disparities by exploring the relationship between socioeconomic factors and the social determinants of health. The Compendium, an initiative of the Interdepartmental Health Equity Collaborative (IHEC), includes data and data-related resources from various federal agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • The Behavioral Health Barometer: United States, Volume 6 The national report presents data from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. It is one of a series of national, regional, and state reports that provide a snapshot of substance use and mental health in the United States. Some measures include data presented by race/ethnicity and other demographic variables.


    Infographic of the Past-Year Serious Mental Illness (SMI) among Adults Aged 18 or Older in the United States by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Age Group (2019)

    Among adults aged 18 or older in the United States in 2019, 5.2% (or 13.1 million) had SMI in the past year. Past-year SMI was higher among adult females (6.5%) than among their male counterparts (3.9%). Compared to the national average, past-year SMI was higher among non-Hispanic white adults (5.7%) and lower among non-Hispanic Black, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Asian adults (4.0%, 2.6%, and 3.1%, respectively). Compared to the national average, past-year SMI was higher among young adults aged 18–25 (8.6%) and adults aged 26–44 (7.1%) and lower among adults aged 45–64 (4.4%) and 65 or older (1.6%).

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)’s Chartbook on Healthcare for Asians and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders. This chartbook, developed in collaboration with SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity, includes selected demographics, and a summary of trends and figures across measures of healthcare access and quality for Asians and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). It is part of a series related to the QDR, which AHRQ produces each year.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Data Spotlight, Blacks Experiencing Fast-Rising Rates of Overdose Deaths Involving Synthetic Opioids Other Than Methadone (PDF | 530 KB) and related infographic (PDF | 864 KB) This spotlight highlights data from the 2018 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report specific to synthetic opioid overdose deaths among the Black/African American population.
    Infographic of the Dramatic Rise in Opioid-Related Deaths, Especially Among Blacks
  • Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use among Adults This chart book reports estimates of mental health service use among adults in the United States within different racial and ethnic groups. Highlights include past year use of mental health service, use of prescription psychiatric medication, and use of outpatient and inpatient mental health service.

Last Updated

Last Updated: 08/12/2022