SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) is the lead Federal government agency for behavioral health data and research.
CBHSQ maintains several data collection systems and surveys on key topics in U.S. behavioral health, including:
- The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which measures behavioral health indicators across the United States;
- The Behavioral Health Services Information System, which collects information on the U.S. behavioral health treatment system and connects people with substance use and mental health treatment through the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator; and
- The National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices, which provides information important to the public on evidence-based practices in behavioral health promotion and treatment to help target interventions and improve health in organizations and communities.
CBHSQ coordinates an integrated data strategy, which includes collecting data each year on the national incidence and prevalence of various forms of mental illness and substance use. CBHSQ also provides statistical and analytical expertise; both activities support the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the Secretary of DHHS.
To learn more about CBHSQ responsibilities, please visit here to check out its latest data dissemination activities. CBHSQ is designated as a Federal Statistical Unit and complies with the November 2014 OMB Statistical Policy Directive No. 1, and its data collection authority/mandate is from Section 505 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 290aa-4).