Mapping the Gaps: Mental Health in California
About 1 in 20 adults in California suffers from a serious mental illness, though rates can vary widely by region. What other factors tied to mental illness show similar geographic variations?
California shows wide geographic variation in rates of serious mental illness. The state’s poorest areas often have the highest rates of mental illness, and they are also among the regions with the fewest licensed mental health professionals to provide treatment.
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:
Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors.
Empower individuals toward making informed health decisions.
Measure the impact of prevention activities.
Mental Health and Mental Disorders Goals:
Improve mental health through prevention and by ensuring access to appropriate, quality mental health services.
The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a nationally representative public health surveillance system that has monitored drug related emergency department (ED) visits to hospitals since the early 1970s. First administered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the responsibility for DAWN now rests with SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ). Over the years, the exact survey methodology has been adjusted to... (more info)
National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) Web Site. The web site contains a collection of statistics, data, and reports about Veterans and the utilization of VA benefits and services.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Reports provide brief overviews of the substance abuse and mental health issues within the State of California, including the prevalence of substance use and abuse, treatment resources, mental health indicators, and SAMHSA grant funding. To review this state’s information, click on the PDF link below.