CHA News Article

Rate of Mental Illness in California Just Below National Average

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides an overview of the nature and scope of mental illness within each state and the District of Columbia. According to the report, approximately 18.2 percent of U.S. adults experienced a mental illness in 2011 or 2012. The national total includes 9.3 million adults who had a serious mental illness causing substantial functional impairment. In California, the overall number is slightly lower, at 17.68 percent. SAMHSA developed the report with information obtained from approximately 92,400 people age 18 and older who responded to its 2011 or 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, with the intent to help public health officials and others address the mental health needs of the people in their communities.