Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use among Adults

The purpose of this chartbook is to provide more recent, nationally representative estimates of mental health service utilization among adults aged 18 or older across different racial/ethnic groups in the United States. These data may serve as a benchmark for examining future national-level changes in mental health service utilization among adults in different racial/ethnic groups in the United States, particularly in the context of relevant policy changes.

This chartbook uses combined 2008 to 2012 data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). NSDUH is the primary source of statistical information on the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older. The survey also includes several modules of questions that focus on mental health issues.

The chartbook presents information on racial/ethnic differences in mental health service utilization among all adults, among adults with any mental illness, and among adults with serious mental illness. Data on racial/ethnic differences in mental health service utilization also are examined in the context of other characteristics, such as age, gender, and education.

Population of focus: Adults

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Date: 2015

Organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration