Commonwealth Fund May 12, 2022
Rachel Nuzum, Reginald D. Williams II, Nathaniel Counts, Sara Federman, Celli Horstman


Provider shortages, high out-of-pocket costs, and coverage gaps are preventing millions of Americans from getting the behavioral health care services they need

Targeted policy actions informed by evidence-based research can help address America’s behavioral health care crisis and expand access to needed services

There is a behavioral health crisis in the United States — a crisis in our inability to prevent, identify, and treat mental illness and substance use and to support people who experience or are in recovery from these conditions. This crisis is being felt nationwide, without regard for political affiliation, economic status, or education level, but it is particularly acute for poor people and people of color.

More than one-third of adults report having a mental...

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