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New State Rankings Shines Light on Mental Health Crisis, Show Differences in Blue, Red States
- Health care reform has reduced the rates of uninsured adults with mental health conditions—19 percent remain uninsured in states that did not expand Medicaid, 13 percent remain uninsured in states that did expand Medicaid.
- Over 40 million Americans are dealing with a mental health concern—more than the populations of New York and Florida combined.
- There are over 1.2 million people currently residing in prisons and/or jails with a mental health condition and lack of access to mental health care is linked with higher rates of incarceration.
- 56 percent of adults still don’t receive treatment.
- Youth mental health problems are on the rise, and 6 out of 10 young people with major depression do not receive ANY mental health treatment.
- In states with the lowest workforce, there’s only 1 mental health professional per 1,000 individuals—that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and psychiatric nurses combined.
- In the overall rankings, Connecticut came out as #1, while Nevada landed at #51.
“It’s time to act—we must invest in the overall physical and mental well-being of our citizens—every day,” concluded Gionfriddo. “We must address these mental health concerns before crisis and tragedy strikes—before Stage 4.”
State of Mental Health in America Overall Ranking
The analysis uses the most recently available state level data.