CHA News Article

New Report Examines States’ Performance in Mental Health, Substance Use Treatment

Mental Health America earlier this month released its annual State of Mental Health in America report. Using data from 2012-13, the report finds that 18.54 percent of California adults have some form of mental illness. Dependence on or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol affects 9.08 percent of California adults and 5.83 percent of youth. The report also finds that 7.3 percent of California’s youth experience severe major depression. Additionally, the report provides a snapshot of mental health status among youth and adults for policy and program planning, analysis and evaluation; tracks changes in prevalence of mental health issues and access to mental health care; and analyzes how changes in national data reflect the impact of legislation like the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act.