Infographic: The Impact of Unmet Mental Health Services

Friday, July 3rd, 2015
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Sixty percent of Americans with mental illness have unmet needs for the mental healthcare services they need, according to a new infographic by Best Social Work Programs.

The infographic examines the lack of coordination in mental healthcare services, mental health spending per capita and the impact of the lack of mental health treatment options.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary CareBehavioral health conditions affect nearly one of five Americans, leading to healthcare costs of $57 billion a year, on par with cancer, according to a 2009 AHRQ brief. Despite this impact, and the ACA’s provision for behavioral healthcare as an essential health benefit, progress toward total integration of behavioral healthcare into the primary care system has been slow.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care captures healthcare’s efforts to achieve healthcare parity and honor the joint principles of the patient-centered medical home, including a whole person orientation and provision of coordinated and/or integrated care.

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