Coverage, cost remain mental health care issues

About 9.6 million adults age 18 or older suffered from a significant mental illness in 2012, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. About 6 million of these received treatment. They could be treated as an outpatient or inpatient and, in each category, with or without medication. Only 7.2% percent received all three types of care (outpatient counseling, inpatient counseling, and medication); the majority received two types.

Those who did not get mental health care gave a variety of reasons, and inability to afford treatment topped the list (46%). It should be noted, however, that “health insurance did not cover any treatment” comes in dead last (6%) and just a couple of spaces up is “health insurance did not cover enough treatment” (8%). The top of the list includes those who thought they could handle the problem without treatment (28%), and those who didn’t know where to get care (23%).

Number of services

Persons with significant mental illness: 9.6 million

Why mental health services were not sought

Source: “Results From the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Detailed Tables,” Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, December 2013

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