SAMHSA Report Shows Increases in Medication Fills, Spending in Mental Health
|April 26, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Research||
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) just released Mental Health United States, 2010 a comprehensive look at the state of mental health including prevalence, provider coverage, services, and payment trends at both the national and state level. Also in the report are descriptive data on children’s mental health needs and the impact of the 2009 budget crisis on mental health services.
- Approximately 1 in 8 persons in the United States received mental health treatment in 2009.
- In 2009, 11 million, or 4.8 percent of adults in the United States had a serious mental illness (SMI) although 40 percent reported that they did not receive any treatment. Over 25 percent of the 11 million adults with a SMI also reported co-occurring substance dependence or abuse issues.
- Between 1996 and 2008, medication dispensation increased substantially for mental health diagnoses, primarily among antidepressants for adults and stimulant medication for youth. The amount of psychotropic medication dispensed to youth nearly doubled between 1996 and 2008.
- Between 1986 and 2005, spending on prescribed medications increased faster than other mental health treatments.
- Trends in Medicare spending on mental health services indicate it is lower than consumers’ out-of-pocket spending. In 2005, direct spending by mental health consumers was higher than Medicare spending (Medicare mental health spending was approximately $9 billion spent compared to $14 billion in consumer out-of-pocket spending).
If you are in the behavioral health/human services field and are involved in program development, health policy, grant writing or program evaluation this biennial report is a must-have, and is available for download (4 PDF files) at the SAMHSA website.
Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). Mental Health, United States, 2010. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4681. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.