Behavioral Health

Investments in Public Mental Health Care Reduce Service Gap

Mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in any given year, an estimated 13 million American adults (approximately one in 17) have a seriously debilitating mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 43,000 deaths nationwide in 2014.1 This indicator measures the number of poverty-level residents estimated to be in need of mental health services and the number of clients served by publicly-funded county mental health programs.