Ron Mandersheid, Ph.D.
Executive Director, NACBHDD
On the May 1 “Access to Care” post, we asked, “If you or a family member needed care today for a mental health or substance use condition, would you be able to get it?”
Access to care can help prevent, delay, and treat mood disorders, other mental conditions, and co-occurring illnesses among the 45.6 million adults and 15.6 million children and youths who experience a mental health condition.
However, in reality:
- Fewer than 40% of adults and youths with mental health conditions—including mood disorders—ever get any mental health services
- Fewer than 7% of adults with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders get treatment for both.
Let’s explore access challenges to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral health conditions.