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Updated National Behavioral Health Barometer Includes California-Specific Data

The newest edition of the annual Behavioral Health Barometer, published by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is now available. It includes an overview of behavioral health in each state and the District of Columbia, with data for key behavioral health issues such as the prevalence of substance use, serious thoughts of suicide, serious mental illness and related treatment, as well as their comparisons with the corresponding national annual averages. The state reports also include analyses using several demographic categories such as gender, age, income level, health insurance status and race/ethnicity. According to SAMHSA, the analyses are intended to help decision makers identify behavioral health differences among various groups and develop programs to address potential health disparities. The Barometer’s California-specific report is available here.