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Mental Health, United States 2002

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Ronald W. Manderscheid Ph.D., Marilyn J. Henderson MPA
Date Published
404 pages
This report assesses the state of mental health services in the United States as of 2002.
The first three chapters provide an overview of the past and projected future for mental health services in the United States, with attention to the achievements of the Center for Mental Health Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 40 years of community mental health centers, and perspectives on the future of the mental health disciplines. Three chapters on accountability in mental health services address a typology of behavioral health care, 25 years of the Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program, and the findings of a 16-State study of mental health performance measures. Six chapters address the prevalence of serious mental illness as indicated by community epidemiological surveys as well as the incidence and treatment of specific types of mental disorders. Two chapters review the status of insurance for mental health care, followed by three chapters that discuss the status of mental health services in terms of antipsychotic medication used in a State mental hospital system, 1994-2000; employee assistance programs with mental health resources in 2002; and a history of evidence-based practice and a vision for the future. The four chapters of the concluding section address national mental health statistics on organized mental health services and major national and State trends; selected characteristics of adults treated in specialty mental health care programs, 1997; children and adolescents admitted to specialty mental health care programs, 1986 and 1997; and mental health practitioners and trainees. Extensive tables and figures and appended sources and qualifications of some of the data