The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMSHA’s) new report, "Behavioral Health Barometer(PDF - 3995 KB)," provides an overview of the nation’s behavioral health (BH) and mental health (MH) statuses, offering both national- and state-level perspectives. The report provides point and trend data that reflect the status and progress of various BH and MH issues in different population groups. SAMSHA collected data through a variety of measures, including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.
The report addresses various behavioral health care issues, such as youth substance use, youth MH and treatment, adult MH and treatment, and substance use and treatment. The report also analyzes indicators by gender, race/ethnicity, and age group to provide health professionals with specific data for effectively tailoring intervention programs and addressing health disparities. In addition, the report provides data on poverty level and insurance status. This information is useful for understanding how socioeconomic factors impact BH and MH issues.
The findings will help decision makers who are seeking to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.