This measure summarizes the number and percentage of members receiving the following mental health services during the measurement year:
- Intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization.
- Emergency department (ED).
- Any service.
Why It Matters
In 2016, it was estimated that 43.4 million of U.S. adults—about 18%—experienced some form of mental health disorder. Mental health disorders can be characterized by changes in behavior, thoughts and mood, and affect an individual’s ability to carry out daily activities and capacity to work, succeed in school and interact with others. Of the 43.4 million adults with a mental health disorder, less than half receive mental health services.
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SAMHSA. 2016. “Receipt of Services for Substance Use and Mental Health Issues among Adults: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-ServiceUseAdult-2015/NSDUH-ServiceUseAdult-2015/NSDUH-ServiceUseAdult-2015.htm