A new report shows that behavioral health problems affect every community throughout America – but in unique, and sometimes surprising ways. The report, based on a nationwide survey commissioned by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), offers detailed analyses of the substance use problems occurring within these smaller geographical areas.
Since various regions of a state can experience significantly different types of behavioral health problems this type of information is helpful in targeting behavioral health services to where they are most needed. For example, in Ohio alcohol use disorders range from 6.4 percent in a region in the south central part of the state (Adams, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, and Scioto counties) to 9.5 percent in Franklin County.
“This report provides insight into the different behavioral health needs of communities across the nation,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., said. “States and communities can use the data to inform and target the delivery of prevention and treatment services to meet their unique needs.”
The report was developed as part of the agency’s strategic initiative on prevention as well as data, outcomes, and quality an effort to create an integrated data strategy that informs policy makers and service providers on the nature and scope of behavioral health issues.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
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